A web developer or designer takes responsibility for designing, laying out and coding websites. Web designers are involved in how a website looks and how it works and must possess. Good communication skills are vital to work closely with clients to understand their requirements and then fulfil the brief for the site. Web developers work across all industry sectors. Randstad Technologies place web developers in Bristol and beyond.
A day in the life of a web developer
Web developers, as well as carrying out the design, coding and layout of new sites, may also be involved in upgrading or maintaining existing sites. The key tasks required are:
- examining the website’s target audience to establish its purpose
- identify any functional aspects the site needs to support, for example handling financial transactions
- offering guidance on how the site will look, including the fonts and colours to be used and the overall layout.
After completion of the initial tasks, web developer jobs involve:
- being responsible for writing the programming code
- testing new sites and identifying any technical issues
- uploading completed websites onto servers and registering them with search engines.
Further duties may include responsibility for carrying out upgrades and maintenance on new or existing sites. Day to day activities are also likely to include internal meetings with IT managers and meetings with clients, either virtually or at the client organisation’s premises.
Personal qualities and skills
Web development is a creative and stimulating job, so developers need to bring imagination and creativity to the table. They should also:
- be skilled in graphics and software programming
- be adaptable, especially in terms of learning new techniques
- be good communicators
- be prepared to work solo or as part of a team
- have the ability to meet tight deadlines
- know how to multitask
- understand or have an awareness of web standards and protocols at an international level
- be good problem solvers
Employers will usually expect candidates to have educational qualifications at degree level and may require relevant work experience coupled with vocational skills.
There are many options for degrees in the web development field, including computer science, IT, software engineering and programming. More specialist areas include multimedia design, web design, web development and web content management.
Anyone interested in developing a career in web development can also access a range of other qualifications relating to IT and should develop a sound understanding of subjects including web and graphic design, interactive design and internet technology. Gaining BTEC and SQA National Diplomas and Certificates provide a sound basis for gaining entry into the industry.