Career outlook for web developer
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
Web developers design, build and look after websites and web applications for clients.
Some developers work on the software and databases that help websites function. You might hear this called the 'back end', this is because it's the part that users can't see.
The web developers who work on the part users can see, are front end developers. They programme the user interface and other visual aspects of web pages.
You'd specialise in either of these, or work in both areas. Doing both, you'd be a full stack developer and would need a broader range of skills for this.
You could work for many different businesses and public sector organisations. Each project is different. For example, you could:
- create a secure online shopping website
- develop a virtual learning environment (VLE) for a college
- set up a company intranet for staff
What you'll do:
- talk to the client about their ideas
- build a site and add buttons, forms, video, sounds or animations
- make sure that the new site works with the client’s own systems and database
- work on the site's appearance, often with a web designer
- come up with solutions for user access and security
- test the site to find and fix any problems before the public see it
Once you have built the site, you may continue to make small changes to make sure it's working. Depending on the contract, you could also continue to look after the site once it is up and running.
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