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Described as the architects of websites, web developers are responsible for writing the code that lies behind every webpage. Using their creativity and technical knowledge, they plan, build and maintain the structure of a website
While the use of programming languages varies from company to company, most web developers should be proficient in HTML, basic XML and a scripting language. Knowledge of databases and being able to write basic SQL statements are also necessary, as is having an understanding of classes, components, objects and interfaces
Incumbents should be good communicators, able to both receive and share ideas in a team environment. They should also be able to express themselves well in written form. A bachelor’s degree is often the minimum requirement, although greater opportunities exist for those with higher degrees. Work can be found in the London, Bristol and Manchester areas, where average salaries are between £18,000 and £20,000, with slightly higher rates in London.


Web Designers are responsible for creating visual elements required to design a web page, such as colour schemes, text formatting, and layout. They need to work with different programming languages in order to create websites. Their duties vary according to organisation size. For instance, in small companies they are responsible for the efficient functioning of the entire website, while in larger firms they are just required for the design field.

Web Designers usually perform many of the following tasks:
• Uploading websites to a server.
• Deciding colours, texts, and background to use.
• Discussing with clients the website design.
• Positioning buttons, pictures and links.
• Testing website features.


• Having experience with HTML editors.
• Having good knowledge of image manipulation software.
• Being creative.
• Being able to work to strict deadlines.
• Being proactive and flexible.
• Having multitasking skills.
• Being able to work alone or with a team.
• Having interpersonal skills.
• Having knowledge about guidelines for website accessibility.
• Being able to explain technical information to other people.


Web Designer posts require candidates with technical abilities and design skills. In the past, people working on this area learned all abilities and skills required for this business by their own efforts, but now, employers require relevant qualifications and experience related to this sector. It is also recommended to have knowledge about useful software for this industry such as Flash, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, .NET, among others.

In United Kingdom there are several institutions offering courses for this area, including BTEC Interactive Use of Media Levels 1 to 3, City & Guilds IT Users Awards Levels 2 and 3, and the list of degrees offered by the UCAS website.

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