These days, with almost all business functions now happening online to some degree, the role of a web developer has become increasingly important. An online presence for most businesses is no longer optional.
Depending on the size and nature of the business, a web developer can either be a full time position within a corporation or out-sourced for initial set-up only.
Here we chat to Richard Johnson, a freelance Web Developer:
What does a web developer do?
"In short, I provide services to build and maintain an online presence that increase the productivity and online exposure for my clients.
This includes creating the layout and website functions, ensuring the functionality and navigation of the site is optimised and monitoring the settings for cookies and scripts that can hamper proper functioning."
"In order to ensure you provide a superior service, web developers need to understand a clients’ target market, products and services and what their online objectives are. As each client will be completely different, it keeps things interesting and in perspective.
Some web developers keep themselves locked away and lose focus of why they are doing what they do. If you don’t understand this, you can never measure your success."
Some web developers keep themselves locked away and lose focus of why they are doing what they do. If you don’t understand this, you can never measure your success.
What qualifications do you need to be a web developer?
"Informal training on the job is also an option; however entry to the field may be easier with some sort of formal qualifications.
Certificate, diploma and degree courses in web design and information technology are widely available and offered by numerous Registered Training Organisations, including TAFE, and universities in NSW and the ACT. Through a university a common path to complete study in BSCS (Bachelor of Science in Computer Science) or a MSCS (Master of Science in computer science), and a VET qualification in interactive digital media or information technology, specialising in websites or website development is also favourable."
What advice do you have for anyone wanting to pursue a career as a web developer?
"Without question, it would be to keep yourself up to date with all the latest trends and technologies. In today’s day and age, we all know how quickly technology and how consumers interact with businesses using technology changes.
Read journals, do short courses and research online. If you don’t, it won’t be long before you are no longer relevant."
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