Learn the ins and outs of planning, building, modifying and maintaining dynamic, data-base driven websites with these Web Development Courses.
Web development focuses on the development of a website’s design, structure and layout. This process includes a range of programming aspects from graphics, content, HTML programming and MetaTags, through to developing and maintaining a database, and hosting and transferring content.
The need for web development spans across a multitude of organisations. Those who specialise in web development also have the capacity to work as a freelance consultant.
What do web development graduates do?
Web development course graduates typically work as web developers or software engineers. Your tasks will vary, depending on the size and nature of your role, the industry you’re working in, and what you’ve specialised in, but you can expect to perform tasks like:
- Designing, developing, testing and analysing websites and web pages, including writing website code and interfacing;
- Designing, developing, testing and analysing web-based applications;
- Developing, testing and analysing e-commerce tools;
- Establishing and testing information management archive systems;
- Working with network security companies to manage storage, hosting, backup, user access and security; and
- Working closely with clients and managers to perform work according to a brief and work timeline.
Depending on the size of your role, you may also take on other tasks relating to the look and user experience of a website, including basic graphic design, user experience design, copywriting and information management.
Generally, web developers specialise in one of three areas:
- Back-end development: using coding languages like Ruby and Python to engineer the infrastructure behind a website
- Full-stack development: a developer who can code in both front-end and back-end languages
You’ll spend significantly more time with one type of development practise if you choose to seek specialised employment.
You’ll thrive working in web development if you:
- Enjoy solving problems
- Work well with detail
- Can make decisions and work well independently
- Are highly motivated
- Are patient and focused
- Can think creatively
- Have excellent organisational skills
- Can work well in a collaborative team environment
- Thrive online
- Are curious
There is strong demand for skilled web development professionals in Australia, with the Australian Government’s Job Prospect reporting consistent growth in the industry over the last decade, and predicting the industry to continue expanding over the next five years. Currently, approximately 10,300 people are employed as web developers in Australia, which will likely grow to approximately 10,600 by 2020.
According to PayScale, a web developer can earn between $42,000 and $86,000 per year, with an average salary of approximately $59,000 per year. PayScale notes a positive relationship between earning potential and experience, with developers with between 10 and 20 years’ experience earning significantly higher wages than those with les experience – however, PayScale notes that the average salary for developers with less than five years’ experience is approximately $53,000 per year.
- Australian Web Industry Association
- Australian Computer Society