What does a web developer do?

Web developers create websites for people and businesses alike. From coding to creating content, a web developer is responsible for the functionality and often the aesthetic of a website and its features. A web developer will often complete duties like: liaise with prospective clients on technical and creative ideas for websites, develop content, contribute to a website’s design elements in accordance with a client’s preferred aesthetic, develop a user friendly interface and ensure a websites functionality.

Tasks:

  • Communicating with clients
  • Creating attractive web pages
  • Using different code languages
  • Developing content management systems
  • Maintaining websites

What skills do I need to be a web developer?

Web developers are required to be both tech savvy and team players. On large projects, they will often work as part of a team of people with similar skills and talents. It is imperative that articulate and friendly conversation skills are implemented. There are certain processes in web developing that also require a very keen attention to detail, particularly during the coding stage to prevent errors or ‘bugs’ from occurring. Web developers are also expected to have a general aptitude for technical and strategic thinking. 

Skills/attributes
  • Attention to detail
  • Technical and strategic thinker
  • Ability to work in teams and individually
  • Tech savvy

Specialisations

As a web developer you can use your highly desired and transferable skills to branch out into other potential careers. Depending on the specific qualifications and experience required in other fields you can choose a particular specialisation that appeals to you. 

Game Developer

Game developers are responsible for designing and creating video games. Game developers have a keen understanding of creating artificial worlds, characters and storylines for their use in video games. Game developers also possess the technical knowledge to bring such ideas to life.

Analyst (IT)

IT analysts have a unique place in the information technology industry, situated in between the business analysis and system design roles of software development. Analysts advise and monitor the development phase of software and conduct research into the usability of IT systems from a user perspective.

Programmer (IT)

Programmers are responsible for analysing and testing the usability of computer programs. Testing of these programs is often focused towards ensuring that the functionality of it is logical and user friendly. It is the programmers job to ensure that the requirements of the user are taken into account whilst software is being developed.

Study pathways for web developers

There are a number of study pathways available to you if you wish to become a web developer. Depending on your specialisation you can choose a study arrangement that works well with your schedule and aids you on your chosen career path. 

Getting Started

Choose a course that will give you essential skills in information technology

Skill Building

With focused study units you can work toward your IT career goals

Professional Development

Learn up-to-date, industry relevant skills that will improve your job prospects

Industry Recognition

Having the appropriate qualifications will raise your standing in the industry and make you stand out amongst other potential job candidates.

Getting a job after graduation

Put your training to good use and get the best professional head start in your information technology career. Emphasise your personal strengths and achievements in your resume and target your cover letter to the job description listed.

Job Prospects and Salaries

There is expected to be moderate job growth in Australia’s information technology sector over the next five years.