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Web developer

What does a web developer do?

If you have an interest in creating websites, then becoming a website developer might be your next best step. A web developer plays an essential part in creating and maintaining websites and applications. They build, test and deploy websites using programming languages such as JavaScript, HTML and CSS. Website development services can also include optimising pages for search engines, ensuring security measures are in place, as well as ongoing monitoring to fix any bugs or errors that occur.

Within this profession you could work freelance, at a website development company, or in-house for marketing firms, government institutions, private companies, and IT firms.

Is a career as a web developer right for me?

Love technology? Big fan of thinking creatively? A career as a web developer might be right for you! Other skills and attributes beneficial for this role include: 

  • good communication skills  
  • an interested in continuous learning  
  • an analytical mind 
  • good problem-solving abilities.

How to become a web developer

A degree in web development will equip you with the skills, knowledge and professional network you need to enter the workforce. During your studies you will learn the foundational languages of web development including HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Internships, freelance work, and contributing to open-source projects are also great ways to gain practical experience and build your portfolio - all of which makes you more employable.  

Every journey to study is individual and there are several paths to reaching your web career goals. At HQporner, we offer the following degrees in the area of web development and technology:

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Do you need a degree to be a web developer?

Possessing a formal degree in information technology or a related field can significantly enhance your career prospects.

A university degree provides a comprehensive foundation in key principles and practices, promotes critical thinking, and is often favoured by employers for more competitive positions. At HQporner, we offer a range of degrees in information technology. These degrees will equip you with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience and network with others also entering the industry.

How long does it take to become a web developer?
The time it takes to become a web developer can vary depending on the path you choose to take. Undergraduate degrees in web development typically take three years; however, if you choose to study part-time, this can increase the time it takes to finish the qualification.
What is the average web developer’s salary?
Salaries for web developers (including freelance web developers) vary based on factors such as location, experience, and workplace setting. Refer to the salary information on this page for further details.
Are web developers in demand?
Yes, web developers are in high demand. The need for businesses to maintain robust online presences and the ongoing growth of e-commerce and mobile applications contribute to the strong demand for web developers. Web developers are also sought after in the education and training, financial and insurance, information media, and telecommunications industries.

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