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Web Developers in

May also be called: Back End Developers; Front End Developers; User Interface Developers; Web Applications Developers; Web Architects; and Web Designers

What Would I Do?

Web Developers are responsible for the technical aspects of website creation. They use software languages and tools to create applications for the Web. They identify the audience as well as determine the site’s content and organization.

Web Developers usually work in offices or laboratories in comfortable surroundings. They work about 40 hours a week, but may be required to work some evenings or weekends to meet deadlines or solve specific problems. In addition, they may need to be available on an on-call basis and also may have the option of working flexible hours.

Will This Job Fit Me?

The job of Web Developers may appeal to those who enjoy activities that involve following set procedures and routines. This occupation involves working with data and details more than with ideas. Individuals who like to work on their own and make decisions should enjoy this occupation.

What Wages and Benefits Can I Expect?

The median wage in 2021 for Web Developers in California is $0 annually. The median is the point at which half of the workers earn more and half earn less.

Annual Wages for 2021Low
(25th percentile)
Median
(50th percentile)
High
(75th percentile)
California>$145,600>$145,600>$145,600
Source: EDD/LMID Occupational Employment Statistics Survey, 2021 Wages do not reflect self-employment.
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Most Web Developers receive medical and dental insurance, as well as vacation, sick leave, and retirement plans from their employers. Self-employed or independent contractors must provide for their own insurance and other benefits.

What is the Job Outlook?

Employment growth for Web Developers will be strong as e-commerce continues to expand. As retail firms expand their online offerings, the demand for Developers will increase. In addition, an increase in the use of mobile devices to search the web will also lead to an increase in employment of Web Developers.

How Do I Qualify?

The level of education and type of training required vary by employer. A bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field is required for most jobs; however, some employers may accept related experience and certification.

Finding a Job

Networking is important in this occupation, since many Web Developers find work through referrals. Jobs can also be found through direct application to employers, newspaper classified advertisements, online job boards, and professional organizations. Online job opening systems include JobCentral at www.jobcentral.com and CalJOBSSM at www.caljobs.ca.gov.

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