Did you know that Computer Information Technology is one of the largest and fastest-growing job sectors in the world? Computer information technology is the use and study of computers, networks and databases within an organization to solve problems. This program prepares students for today’s constantly changing world of technology. Students can select from a variety of degree and certificate options. A career in CIT can lead to several opportunities. For this post, we are going to focus on Web/Internet Services.
Why Should I Consider Majoring in Web/Internet Services?
Computer information technology is growing at such a rapid pace that there is a great need for future employees. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of web developers is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016-2026. And if you live in Texas as a web developer, the salary can also look pretty appealing — the annual mean wage in the Lone Star State is about $71,000. Web developers specialize in the development of internet applications and websites. (On the other hand, web designers are responsible for the look and feel of the website, rather than the performance and technical aspects.)
There’s No One Path for How to Become a Web Developer
The required qualifications for web developer depend on the type of work they do. Requirements can range from a high school diploma to a bachelor’s degree. Usually you need a background in web programming or graphic design.
Web Development Certificate and Degree Options
For a web developer, certifications and degrees can be a great addition to your resume. A solid portfolio is also going to be vital as you look for junior web developer positions, and college coursework will be a great help as you start putting a portfolio together. Here are your options for web development programs at North Lake and Brookhaven Colleges.
Web/Internet Services Degree and Certificate Options: Offered at North Lake and Brookhaven Colleges
- Web Production and Design Associate in Applied Sciences Degree
- Basic Web Production Certificate
- Open Source Certificate
- Web Developer Specialist Certificate
- Web Development Certificate
- Web Production and Design Certificate
Are There Specialized Types of Web Developers?
Yes, there are specialties in web development. Some web developers handle everything; however, you can also specialize in certain areas of web development.
- Back-end web developers are responsible for the overall technical building of the website. They also establish procedures for allowing others to add new pages to websites and meet with management to discuss major changes.
- Front-end web developers are responsible for how the website looks. They write web design programs and create the site’s layout.
- Webmasters maintain and update websites. They make sure that websites are operating correctly and test for broken links.
What Skills Do I Need to Become a Web Developer?
- HTML: is the foundation of how websites are built, this is one of the most important skills that a web developer can learn.
- CSS: is the visual appearance, developers will be able to make their applications interact more effectively.
- Design sense: students should have at least some knowledge of design.
- Customer service skills: having great customer service skills is key in a successful web development career.
- Project management: helps you keep on track and ensure the project is finished in a timely manner.
What Will My Job Duties Be?
You might do any or all of the following as a web developer:
- Meet with clients or management to discuss the needs and design of a website.
- Create and test applications for a website.
- Work with graphic or web designers to determine the website’s layout.
- Integrate graphics, audio and video into the website.
- Monitor website traffic.
What Are Some Possible Careers in the Web/Internet Services Field?
When it comes to jobs in the web development and design, the possibilities are endless:
- Flex/action script developer
- Webmaster or Web administrator
- Digital media specialist
- Product or program manager
- Graphic designer or layout artist
- Digital developer
- User interface/user experience designer
How Much Will it Cost to Complete My Degree in Web Development with DCCCD?
At just $59 per credit hour, Dallas Community Colleges have some of the most competitive tuition costs in the state! Head to our website to calculate your in-county tuition cost. (Not a Dallas County resident? We have you covered — we’ve got a calculator for that, too.)
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