Considering a career in custom website design?
It’s a very smart move.
According to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Employment of web developers is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand will be driven by the growing popularity of mobile devices and ecommerce.”
In another survey, the BLS reveals that in metropolitan areas, web design and website developers earn an annual wage of over $100,000.
If that sounds like your dream job, then let’s take a quick look at what it takes to become a well-paid web developer.
To start in an entry-level position, commonly referred to as Junior web developer, you’ll need a basic understanding of programming and skills in graphic design. The good news is that if you have these basic skills you don’t necessarily need a degree. Hiring requirements range from having a high school diploma to securing a bachelor’s degree.
For custom website design, a solid understanding of programming language is essential. You should at least know:
- Git and experience using the web-based Git tool: Github
- PHP — essential if you’re thinking of building small business websites with WordPress. Not bad idea since WordPress accounts for almost 30% of all websites worldwide.
There are many other programming languages that become important for specialized positions in web development. As you learn the basics, these advanced applications are much simpler to grasp.
Once you’ve mastered the tech side, there are other “soft” skills that are crucial to success as a website creator.
This is one of the most important attributes if you plan on a career focused on design. The look and feel (visual appearance) of a site requires a talent for understanding the use of color, to the importance of the layout of each web element, and everything else to do with site aesthetics.
Attention to Detail
You can design the most awe-inspiring site ever seen, but one misplaced piece of code could cause the entire site to crash.
Excellent Communication Skills
Unless you plan to move into more of an IT scenario, you need to be a great communicator. You may think this has become less of a factor due to the increase in remote positions, but if you want to further your career (possibly open your own company) don’t ignore this skillset.
How to Find Custom Website Design Jobs
If you’re past all the above and you’re ready to get started, you’ll need to know where to look for design jobs. Here’s a list of a few places to help get you started:
Tip: Before applying experts recommend beginning a portfolio of your work.
Take the Plunge
A career in web design can not only be fulfilling, but quite lucrative. If you’re wondering if you have what it takes to jump into this growing and promising field it might be a good idea to test your talents.
Check out our post on 5 Amazing Free Courses for Aspiring Web Designers to discover the basics of website development.