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World Wide Web and mobile applications are the most familiar aspect of technologies, and developing websites and apps is a spread IT profession that is sometimes embarked upon by non-professionals. 

What does a web developer do?

If you were ever interested in creating websites, then you might want consider becoming a web developer. Web developers, which are also known as web designers or webmasters, design and maintain websites. A web developer is responsible for programming the code that “tells” a website how to function.

What are the essential skills a web developer should have?

Computer programming skills are of course essential to building and maintaining a web site.

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • JavaScript
  • Structured Query Language (SQL)

In addition, the ability to design and use a database is also important. Databases are used to determine accuracy and performance in web site maintenance and design.

Apart from having strong technical skills, the web developer should have also good communication skills and able to meet tight deadlines. They should be able to produce websites in a user-friendly ways so that can navigate through the website without difficulty, a process known as user-experience design (UX design). Patience, and the ability to understand customers’ needs, and the capability to reflect these needs in the structure of the website, are the most valuable skills a web developer can attain.

Note: A web developer can be self-taught, however, certification is required by many employers, and if one works as an independent, some customers may ask for a certificate. There are many technology companies offering web development certification courses.

Where can a web developer work?

Web developers can join large corporations, governments and public bodies, NGOs or work as freelancers. Due to the nature of their job, web developers can work remotely and have flexible schedule.

What salary can you expect?

According to PayScale, a web developer in the UK earns  an average salary of £24,868 (€31,604) per year. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job. People in this job generally don't have more than 10 years' experience.

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Web Developer Salary - PayScale

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