Web developers design, test and maintain the websites and web-related database systems of the company they are employed in, or the client they are working for, using an integration of skills from different backgrounds: IT, creative design and business. They are responsible for creating the look and feel of a client's or employer's website.
Web developers can work in any number of arenas, including software companies, technical/e-commerce/web consultancies, retail businesses companies, and government/state organisations. For instance, some graduates might find themselves working with large software companies, designing and developing web applications; some might work for web-design companies; and others might work at consultancy level, integrating web functions as part of an overall IT package for an organisation’s needs.
- Using programming languages to develop websites and create applications.
- Generating and applying design ideas for images/graphics that meet client specifications.
- Liaising with clients.
- Ensuring the client’s requirements are met.
- Working alone or as part of a team.
- Providing maintenance services for websites.
- Designing and running tests.
Travel: developers working for multinational companies may be required to make national or international trips.
Working hours: usually standard 9 to 5 with some extra hours around deadlines.
Location: throughout the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Multinational companies can offer overseas positions.
Employers look for 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. Relevant experience is particularly important alongside technical skills and knowledge to secure a position.