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 its performance and capacity, which are measures of a website’s speed and how much traffic the site can handle. In addition, web developers may create content for the site.
About 1 in 7 of web developers were self-employed in 2014. 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.
Employment of web developers is projected to grow 27 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand will be driven by the growing popularity of mobile devices and ecommerce.
Job Trends for Web Developers and Digital Designers
This occupation supported 141,400 jobs in 2012 and 148,500 jobs in 2014, reflecting an increase of 5.0%. In 2012, this occupation was projected to increase by 20.2% in 2022 to 169,900 jobs. As of 2014, to keep pace with prediction, the expected number of jobs was 147,100, compared with an observed value of 148,500, 1.0% higher than expected. This indicates current employment trends are about on track with the 2012 trend within this occupation. In 2014, this occupation was projected to increase by 27.9% in 2024 to 188,000 jobs. Linear extrapolation of the 2012 projection for 2022 results in an expected number of 175,600 jobs for 2024, 6.6% lower than the 2014 projection for 2024. This indicates expectations for future employment trends are much better than the 2012 trend within this occupation.