A Career in Web Development
What does a web developer do?
Write well designed, testable, efficient code by using best software development practices
Create website layout/user interface by using standard HTML/CSS practices
Integrate data from various back-end services and databases
Gather and refine specifications and requirements based on technical needs
Create and maintain software documentation
Be responsible for maintaining, expanding, and scaling the site
Stay plugged into emerging technologies/industry trends and apply them into operations and activities
Cooperate with web designers to match visual design intent
Day in the Life
Use code to bring page mockups (created by web designers) to life
Collaborate with stakeholders, clients, and designers to make sure the product is aligned with the original expectations
Optimize site on a regular basis to ensure peak performance for customers
Inspect website to make sure it’s functioning as expected
Troubleshoot performance issues and bugs as they arise
Where They Work
In-house or freelance for any industry
Web Developer Salary and Market Projections
How long can it take to become a web developer?
Two years to achieve an associate’s degree, although many jobs prefer a Bachelor of Science degree in a related field—which can take up to four years to achieve. Looking at current open positions can help better determine how to become a web developer and what time commitment is required.
Required Career Qualifications
While not always required, many web development jobs do ask for certifications like the Java Foundations Certified Junior Associate, Java SE 8 Programmer, and Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer
How does Stride Career Prep help prepare your student to become a web developer? They will:
Build a foundation of computer literacy knowledge before diving into the fine details.
Learn programming languages like Python, Java, HTML, and CSS3.
Prepare for top industry certification exams such as Certiport–Python and Certiport–JAVA, C++, HTML5, CSS3.
Gain experience in developing programs and applications.
Are you an adult interested in a career change?
In addition to Stride Career Prep for K–12 students, Stride also offers learning options for adults who are looking for a career change or upgrade.
Learn more about course offerings in the IT career field.
Hear How Stride Career Prep Can Work for Your Teen
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1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S.Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook. Website last modified date: Wednesday, September 1, 2020.
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**Stride Career Prep is a program for grades 9–12. At some schools, career exploration is offered in middle school.