What do web design graduates do?
Web design course graduates typically work as web designers, though their skillsets are broad and can be applied in a range of other digital and creative roles. If you seek employment as a web designer, you could expect to be working in a creative studio or as a freelancer, performing tasks such as:
- Designing, analysing and developing websites, including writing website code and interfacing;
- Developing digital tools and graphics, including images, animations, audio and visual tools and interactive and multimedia software;
- Working with network security companies to manage storage, hosting, backup, user access and security;
- Developing and implementing internet-based strategies and plans; and
- Working closely with clients and managers to perform work according to a creative brief and work timeline.
After completing a web design course you may choose to seek employment in another role in the digital, design and creative communications sectors. In these areas, you’ll be able to apply the strategic thinking, project management and creative skills developed while studying web design.
You’ll enjoy studying web design if you:
- Are a creative thinker
- Enjoy solving problems
- Are a big-picture thinker
- Can make decisions and work well independently
- Are highly motivated
- Can work well in a collaborative team environment
- Thrive online
There is strong demand for skilled web design professionals, with the Australian Government’s Job Prospect reporting consistent growth in the industry over the last decade, and predicting the industry to continue expanding strongly over the next five years. Likely due to the freelance nature of work, jobs are available in most geographic areas of Australia, and Job Prospect considers the profession large.
Web design professionals can seek employment across the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors, and have the opportunity to work remotely, including for international clients.
According to PayScale, a web designer can earn between $39,000 and $78,000, depending on experience, with a median salary of $55,000. PayScale reports a spike in income for web designers who are skilled in user interface design, which is the design of every aspect of a web experience a consumer comes into contact with.
Due to the dynamic and growing nature of the web design industry, graduates of web design courses may continue to advance their careers into senior management and leadership roles as they progress.
- Australian Web Industry Association
- Design Institute of Australia