Web Developer at a Glance

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  • 2023

Average Salary for Web Developer

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Best States for Web Developer

in 2011
Annual Salary
Hourly Pay
Massachusetts 4,640 $74,000 $36
Washington 4,240 $72,430 $35
District of Columbia 1,240 $81,150 $39

Becoming a Web Developer

The educational requirements for web development careers vary by the size of the company and the type of work they do. In some cases a high school diploma with some coding and design experience may be sufficient for employment. Bachelor's degrees in computer science or web development are needed for more technical positions. Some employers may prefer candidates who have some graphic design experience in addition to their web development skills. In an undergraduate web development program students may study several programming languages, such as HTML or JavaScript, as well as website design, animation, and website security. Although it may not be required, completing an undergraduate program in web development is a good way to develop the coding and web development skills you'll need to work in this industry. Students get hands-on experience in classroom exercises that may include having to write code for an application or designing the front page of a website in web development program. Once they get out into the real world web developers may need to keep up to date on new programming languages and development tools, such as Adobe Dreamweaver or Microsoft WebMatrix 2.
  • Website Design
  • Animation & Interactivity
  • Client Side Javascripting
  • Web Usability & Design
There are no licenses or certificates required to work as a web developer. However, some organizations, such as w3schools.com, offer short-term web development certificate programs that focus on specific topics, such as JavaScript, XML, PHP, and HTML. These programs can typically be completed online. Some traditional schools also offer certification programs online. Although some of these are non-credit programs, they can give a candidate a competitive advantage over their peers in the job market as the credentials demonstrate a level of proficiency in a particular aspect of web development.