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
Although no company is without a website, much of the mystery has been taken out of web development in recent years, and this is serving to weed out some of the lower-skilled, template-based pretenders who had been saturating the market. However, there are still web development jobs out there for highly skilled professionals and there are new opportunities emerging every day thanks to the explosion in mobile telecommunications and m-commerce (e-commerce through mobile telephony).
What skills you need
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.
What the role involves
The type of work can vary. Some graduates might find themselves working for software companies on the development of web applications, while others will find themselves designing actual websites. Large organisations typically employ their own web developers, and so new candidates can find themselves working within a team for retail businesses, web consultancies, government organisations or software companies.
- Software companies
- Technical/e-commerce/web consultancies
- Retail businesses
- Government/state organisations
- Entertainment companies
- Graduate/Starting is approximately €30,000 according to gradireland research
- Senior/Potential €65,000
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.