Web Developer a Creative Career Choice

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Web development is a fast growing form of artistic expression that uses computer programming and technical writing skills to create Web sites. Web developers earn an appealing salary that increases as specialized skills are introduced. Formal education and training play a vital role in the preparation and experience of a developer. A survey indicates that most companies today have a Web site and need the skills of developers. Legal issues for developers and employers are introduced. The steps needed to follow a career choice in Web development are outlined. Recommendations and educational needs are discussed. For high school students, this career focuses on aspects of the Web development industry from programming to graphics.

Web Development Project
I propose to reflect how the fast growing industry of Web development offers a creative and diverse opportunity to work in a field that fulfills the needs of the employers of today. I will address why Web development is a dynamic career choice for high school students, and how to get started in this career. Almost all successful companies have a working Web site and depend on it for supplying everything from information to the actual purchase of products and services. The needs of these employers are fulfilled by Web developers who are trained to not only publish Web sites, but to create a vibrant presentation that supplies information and services to their clients. The Web site we need did not magically appear; it was the detailed work of a skilled Web developer. My interest in Web development came from experience learning to design and build my own personal Web site. It is an outlet that allowed me to combine computer skills and creativity. I enjoyed the creative aspect of designing, but I also became interested in learning more about coding and computer languages. The factors between design and coding is the difference between a Web designer and a Web developer. I learned basic coding (HyperText Markup Language, otherwise known as HTML) which is a computer language to create Web sites, by using several software programs. Reading and researching the internet helped a great deal in areas I needed to develop. I have advanced by keeping up with the newest technologies and learning the programs associated with those technologies. Finally, the most important reason to choose Web development as a career is because Web sites are a necessary communication instrument today.

Educational Considerations and Salary
Without formal training, opportunities in the Web development industry are limited. In choosing a program to advance my skills and earn a degree, the field of visual communications best suited my needs. Most Web developers have a bachelor’s degree or higher in computer science. In order to work in the most basic capacity a Web developer must have a good knowledge of specific computer languages. Internships and contract positions are also a good way to get started in a Web development career. Many people start in an intern program and learn from senior developers. “This career field is growing at a faster than average rate” ("Web developer," 2007). Salary increases come with experience and specialized areas. “According to a Computerworld magazine survey, average earnings in 2005 were $57,017” ("Web developer," 2007). The education I complete will open more opportunities for employment and a better salary. “The best way to be hired as a Web designer is to have a good portfolio, and be able to demonstrate a range of skills” (Thisner, 2004, para. 9). “Although not required, certification is helpful in proving your abilities to an employer” ("Web developer," 2007). Plan a training program by enhancing or gaining the skills needed to be placed in a job. Consider all types of training including: instructor-led, computer-based, online training and text. “Nationally, Web developers are earning Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW) certifications” ("Web developer,"...