How to become a Web Designer/Developer

Web designers/developers design, create, produce and maintain websites using relevant software packages.

Personal requirements of a Web Designer/Developer

  • Creative
  • Aptitude for technical tasks
  • Good communication skills
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Committed to understanding new technology and upgrading skills

Education & Training for a Web Designer/Developer

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.

Duties & Tasks of a Web Designer/Developer

Web designers:

  • talk with clients and discuss ideas to get a clear understanding of their requirements
  • develop website content
  • manage the image and copyrights of the company on the internet
  • decide on the design aspects of the website, including the use of graphics, links and forms
  • ensure text and graphic elements mesh together as a cohesive, eye-catching work
  • develop custom programs to extend the functionality of websites
  • talk with writers, designers, system administrators and other IT staff to ensure the website will fulfil its purpose
  • maintain or update the website once it is completed by adding new content, illustrations or features
  • coordinate other people, such as designers and writers, to help maintain the website.

Working conditions for a Web Designer/Developer

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.

Employment Opportunities for a Web Designer/Developer

Web designers and developers work in IT-specific industries and other industries requiring IT expertise. With experience, there are opportunities for self-employment.

Avg. weekly wage:

$1,150

Future growth:

strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 1.4%

NSW 39.3%

NT 0.2%

QLD 12.3%

SA 6.8%

TAS 0.9%

VIC 34.6%

WA 4.6%

Hours worked:

39.4

Unemployment:

average

Gender split:

Proportion of male workers 56.5%

Proportion of female workers 43.5%

Education level:

Proportion of workers who have not completed Year 10: 0%

Proportion of workers who have not completed Year 12: 3.4%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is secondary school: 8.9%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 4.7%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 25.5%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 48.8%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 8.7%

Age bracket:

Proprortion of workers aged below 35 years: 48.6%

Proportion of workers aged above 35 years: 50.1%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

Additional Information
Membership of the Australian Computer Society is available to those who hold, or are working towards, suitable qualifications. There is a range of membership types available, allowing progression through the various levels as a member's career develops.
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