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Web Developers

Web Developers - Preparation

To work as a web developer, you typically need to:

  • have a high school diploma or equivalent; and
  • have an associate degree in web design or a related field.

Education after high school

Educational requirements vary with employer. Requirements range from a high school diploma to a bachelor’s degree. An associate degree in web design or a related field is the most common way to prepare. A bachelor's degree in computer science, programming, or a related field may be required for more technical work, such as back-end web design.

In general, being able to demonstrate proficiency with computer programming combined with strong design skills is the most important asset to a college graduate. You need to have a thorough understanding of programming languages, such as HTML, JavaScript, and SQL. It is also helpful to have knowledge of multimedia publishing tools, such as Flash.

Work experience

You should consider participating in an internship while in college. An internship is usually part of a four-year degree program. It offers you a chance to apply what you have learned in the classroom to a work situation. It also allows you to build skills and make contacts with people in the field.

On-the-job training

Many new developers receive on-the-job training. In general, training lasts up to six months. You work under the guidance of experienced developers. As you gain knowledge and experience you receive greater independence and work on more difficult websites.

Because of the fast changing nature of this field, employers often offer training in the newest Internet technologies, computer languages, and applications.

Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.