Career Choice: Web Developer

Career Choice: Web Developer
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    Approximately one in four web developers do not have a college education, while another 20 percent have only an associate degree according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


That leaves approximately half with a bachelor’s degree, raising an important question for the reader: should I bother with college? That answer is no, if you don’t mind possible limitations on your career. That answer is yes, if you want to keep your options open and use your schooling to help you advance in your career.

A web developer is tasked with developing and designing web applications and websites. This professional creates the architectural and technical parameters of the site and oversees site creation, maintenance and sometimes promotion. Web developers will sometimes work with existing architecture, such as WordPress or Drupal, or work with stylesheets. Authoring and scripting language skills are essential to this position.


The BLS classifies web developers with computer network, systems and database administrators. Thus, determining training and pay levels can be a challenge, particularly for the freelancer. Nevertheless, a web developer may desire to move up to an administrator position, requiring this professional to have the appropriate training and sometimes education to reach his goal. Majors in information science, computer science, and management and information systems can help the web developer in his or her quest to move up. Some businesses require candidates to have a master’s degree in business administration to be eligible for select opportunities such as database administrator. In this case, your background as a web developer should be viewed as a steppingstone.

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The mean annual wage for network and computer systems administrators was $72,200 as of May 2010 according to the BLS. The pay scale ranged from approximately $42,400 to $108,090, with web developers likely earning salaries closer to the lower end of the scale. The median wage for this profession was $69,160, with the middle 50 percent earning from $53,850 to $87,680.


About one in seven professionals work in the computer system design and related services industry, averaging $77,560 per year. Corporations are also another significant employer of administrators, professionals who are tasked with establishing, maintaining and overseeing in-house systems. These people earned $73,630 per year on average in 2010. Elementary and secondary schools as well as colleges, universities and professional schools also retain a fair share of administrators, paying $61,260 and $62,950, respectively. Wired telecommunication carriers are the fifth largest group of employers with wages averaging $73,220 per year. Top industry pay, however, belongs to those professionals who worked data processing and hosting companies, where wages averaged $93,910 per year.


As with most positions, pay for web developers and administrators varies dramatically across the United States. Top pay of $81,500 was given to District of Columbia based professionals in 2010 according to the BLS. The adjoining states of Virginia and Maryland also had high pay averages, paying $81,180 and $80,400, respectively. California at $80,300 and Massachusetts at $80,280 followed, with wages more than $8,000 above the national average.On the other end of the spectrum were states such as Mississippi, Kentucky and Oklahoma, with wages of $52,330, $53,440 and $54,290, respectively. These state averages are in the bottom 25th percentile of the national average.


The BLS anticipates that demand for web administrators and web developers will be strong through 2018. For all related positions, the bureau is projecting a 30 percent increase in jobs, reflecting the nation’s growing dependency on the Internet and internal Intranet services. Where formal education is lacking, experience and training can help the professional complete. However, the best opportunities and pay seems reserved for those who have completed at least a bachelor’s degree.


O-Net Online: Summary Report for: 15-1099.04 – Web Developers

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition; Computer Network, Systems, and Database Administrators

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; Occupational Employment Statistics; 15-1142 Network and Computer Systems Administrators

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