As a Web developer, you will definitely never be bored. With the fast pace of technology change, you can always look forward to a career in which you will always be challenged and learning. You will always need to change your strategy to stay ahead and in the game in this profession, according to Allan Hoffman of Monster.com. If you are an individual who likes a constant challenge and an ever-changing environment, you will thrive as a Web developer.
Hoffman quotes Adrian Holovaty, a Web development blogger, as saying, “’The Web is still the Wild West in many aspects. I love the fact the rules haven’t yet been set in stone and that new techniques and technologies come along all the time.” If this opinion about a possible future work environment resonates with you, you will probably love being a Web developer.
The job of a Web developer is to do the behind the scenes work of coding and programming Websites, Hoffman says. This job is more technically oriented than that of Web designers. Designers typically concentrate on how a site looks and feels. Another Web job, information architects, lay out and hone a site’s structure and organization. As a Web developer, you will work on projects that may be similar or very different from that of other developers. You may create a basic Web site to a complex Web application for an online business.
Some of the skills that Web developers have include the following, says Hoffman:
-Web 2.0 skills (Ajax)
-Server-side technologies, like Ruby on Rails, ASP, and PHP.
-Databases like MySQL, SQL Server, Oracle.
-Search engine optimization and online marketing.
-Usability and interface design.
Web developers need to have a wide range of skills to succeed. This means that they need to know how to create and improve different layers of a Web site.
Web developers do not always work alone. They should have excellent soft skills, such as communication. This is especially important when working with clients. Clients often need help articulating exactly what they need from their websites, and a good Web developer can help them.
While it is not the case with every Web developer, they typically have at least a bachelor’s degree. This is true, according to Hoffman, even if they have learned much of what they know through practical work experience. To demonstrate to employers that you are a good developer, create a portfolio of Websites and applications that you can demonstrate. Volunteer to create a site or app for a nonprofit organization or a small business owner who needs some help getting their name out there. Another way to get experience is to share what you know with an open-source project. Others can see how well you code, how you work with other developers, and how well you communicate. It also demonstrates that you are committed to doing Web development just for fun.
Your technical skills as a Web developer will evolve over time. As technology changes quickly, so will your coding and programming skills. Your repertoire of skills will expand beyond technology, too, to areas like usability, search engine optimization, and accessibility.