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Careers in the USA: Web Developers

Web Developers
Web developers are responsible for both the look of a website and its technical aspects.

Quick Facts: Web Developers

2012 Median Pay
$62,500 per year
$30.05 per hour

Entry-Level Education
Associate’s degree

Work Experience in a Related Occupation
None

On-the-job Training
None

Number of Jobs, 2012
141,400

Job Outlook, 2012-22
20% (Faster than average)

Employment Change, 2012-22
28,500

What Web Developers Do
Web developers design and create websites. They are responsible for the look of the site. They are also responsible for the site’s technical aspects, such as performance and capacity, which are measures of a website’s speed and how much traffic the site can handle. They also may create content for the site.

Work Environment
About a quarter of web developers were self-employed in 2012. Non-self-employed developers work primarily in the computer systems design and related services industry.

How to Become a Web Developer
The typical education needed to become a web developer is an associate’s degree in web design or related field. Web developers need knowledge of both programming and graphic design.

Pay
The median annual wage for web developers was $62,500 in May 2012.

Job Outlook
Employment of web developers is projected to grow 20 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Demand will be driven by the growing popularity of mobile devices and ecommerce.

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