Web designers/developers design, create, produce and maintain websites using relevant software packages.
You can work as a web designer without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job. Skills may be developed through practice and experience. Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have qualifications. You may like to consider a VET qualification in interactive digital media, web-based technologies, website development or information technology. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become a web designer through a traineeship in Information Technology, Web-Based Technologies, Website Development or Interactive Digital Media. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For more details, see Section 2. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school. Alternatively, you can become a web designer by completing a degree in information technology or communication design with a major in web development, web design or multimedia. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English and mathematics are normally required. Applicants may also be required to submit a folio of work or attend an interview. A number of universities in Australia offer degrees in these areas. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information.
Web designers may perform the following tasks:
Web designers are often required to travel locally, nationally and internationally to meet clients and other people working on particular projects, such as designers and systems specialists. Working conditions can be stressful at times, especially when deadlines need to be met.
Web designers and developers work in IT-specific industries and other industries requiring IT expertise. With experience, there are opportunities for self-employment.