With better access to broadband and easy accessibility/cost of mobile phones, internet use is expected to rise to 7.6 billion users with 50 billion connected devices by 2020. Who’s going to make sure that apps are running well, users get optimal online experiences, and that websites are coded properly? Web developers, that’s who!
Web developers have many different professional roles to fill. From IT specialist to web developer, web designer to product manager, opportunities for coders is exciting and diverse. Web developers are expected to find continuous, rapid job growth with the projected average number of new jobs for web developers at around 28,500.
Bureau of Labor Statistics data show that web developers earn a mean annual salary of $67,540 currently. Right now, there is high need for web developers and not enough skilled people to fill those positions.
Salary expectations for web developers depends on the type of web development role they fill and the industry they work in. A recent salary breakdown by industries shows the following experienced web developer salaries:
* Software publishers: $85,210
* Monetary authorities - central bank: $83,970
* Securities and commodities contracts intermediation and brokerage: $83,350
* Depository credit intermediation: $83,010
* Semiconductor and other electronic component manufacturing: $81,620
Many of these industries are based in areas like - New York, California, Washington D.C. and Maryland - which have higher costs of living than other parts of the country. There are, however, other areas in the United States, like Boulder, Colorado, which offer good salaries, affordable everyday costs, and a fantastic quality of life.
Previously, a number of web developers were self-taught. With the complexity and continuous change of today’s technology, some type of formal training - like an online class, a certificate program, or an immersive bootcamp experience - is often needed.
It’s impossible to learn everything all at once. Successful web developers have exposure to a variety of different technologies, are adept with a few tools, and have solid computational thinking skills. In addition, web developers need to keep on learning and expanding their technical knowledge base.