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Web developer/designer

Web developer

With a mix of creativity and tech know-how, web designers are the ones who give websites the look and “feel” that makes people want to visit them.

Alternative job titles for this role

  • Interaction designer
  • User interface designer
  • Web developer

Introduction

With a mix of skills from different backgrounds - IT, creative design and business – Web designers design, test and maintain the websites and web-related database systems of companies and other organisations. They are familiar with programming languages such as HTML, ASP, Javascript, C++, SQL and Visual Basic. The look and “feel” of a website is important and selecting the appropriate colours, font, layout and images creates the whole personality of the website. In addition to considering aesthetic aspects, the usability of the website has to be a priority. It is important to create a page that the target market can relate to. The ever changing IT industry demands flexibility and the ability to master new technologies.

What the job involves

  • Create a website and individual pages with a specific design, a uniform graphic set and eye grabbing details
  • Work with the client to establish the needs or functions that the web page and the overall website must fulfil
  • Work with graphics software, such as Photoshop
  • Work with languages like Javascript
  • Work with a variety of media programs to add sound or film clips to web pages
  • Edit and programme content

How your career can develop

There are good prospects currently for experienced web designers and even better career progression for those who specialise, for instance in media integration or animation. They may become involved in client consultancy and project management while many opt for self-employment.

Skills

  • Excellent web language skills for instance in HTML, WYSIWYG and CSS
  • JavaScript and Ajax skills
  • PHP, ASP, Java, Perl and C++ skills
  • Design sense – knowing what works and what doesn’t
  • Knowledge of database maintenance suites such as MySQL
  • Search engine optimisation skills
  • Web traffic analysis skills
  • An artistic eye
  • Up to data familiarity with current Web trends
  • Social media skills
  • Business acumen

Typical employers

  • Software companies
  • Technical/e-commerce/web consultancies
  • Retail businesses
  • Government/state organisations
  • Airlines
  • Entertainment companies

Typical salary

  • Graduate/Starting €25,000
  • Senior/Potential €65,000

Typical qualifications

Graduates of subjects such as computing/IT or web development. Numerous colleges and institutions offer postgraduate conversion courses in IT for graduates of other disciplines.