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Web Developer

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Bachelor's degree

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What They Do

Web Developers Career Video

About This Career

Develops and implements websites, web applications, application databases, and interactive web interfaces. Evaluates code to ensure that it is properly structured, meets industry standards, and is compatible with browsers and devices. Optimizes website performance, scalability, and server-side code and processes. May develop website infrastructure and integrate websites with other computer applications.

This career is part of the Information Technology cluster Web and Digital Communications pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Writes supporting code for Web applications or Web sites.
  • Designs, builds, or maintains Web sites, using authoring or scripting languages, content creation tools, management tools, and digital media.
  • Backs up files from Web sites to local directories for instant recovery in case of problems.
  • Selects programming languages, design tools, or applications.
  • Evaluates code to ensure that it is valid, is properly structured, meets industry standards, and is compatible with browsers, devices, or operating systems.
  • Develops databases that support Web applications and Web sites.
  • Performs Web site tests according to planned schedules, or after any Web site or product revision.
  • Performs or directs Web site updates.
  • Maintains understanding of current Web technologies or programming practices through continuing education, reading, or participation in professional conferences, workshops, or groups.
  • Analyzes user needs to determine technical requirements.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Overtime work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Technology Applications Engineer
  • Web Architect — Designs web applications for information technology (IT) companies to help them sell their products to consumers and other companies.
  • Web Design Specialist
  • Web Designer — Responsible for the design, layout and coding of a website.
  • Webmaster


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