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Web Developer  What They Do

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Web Developers Career Video



Designs, creates, and modifies Web sites. Analyzes user needs to implement Web site content, graphics, performance, and capacity. May integrate Web sites with other computer applications. May convert written, graphic, audio, and video components to compatible Web formats by using software designed to facilitate the creation of Web and multimedia content.

This career is part of the Information Technology cluster Programming and Software Engineering pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Designs, builds, or maintains Web sites, using authoring or scripting languages, content creation tools, management tools, and digital media.
  • Performs or directs Web site updates.
  • Writes, designs, or edits Web page content, or directs others producing content.
  • Confers with management or development teams to prioritize needs, resolve conflicts, develop content criteria, or choose solutions.
  • Backs up files from Web sites to local directories for instant recovery in case of problems.
  • Identifies problems uncovered by testing or customer feedback, and corrects problems or refers problems to appropriate personnel for correction.
  • Evaluates code to ensure that it is valid, is properly structured, meets industry standards, and is compatible with browsers, devices, or operating systems.
  • Maintains understanding of current Web technologies or programming practices through continuing education, reading, or participation in professional conferences, workshops, or groups.
  • Analyzes user needs to determine technical requirements.
  • Develops or validates test routines and schedules to ensure that test cases mimic external interfaces and address all browser and device types.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Overtime work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Computer Programmer -- Converts project specifications and statements of problems and procedures to detailed logical flow charts for coding into computer language.
  • Interface Designer -- Combines technical, creative and marketing skills to develop user-friendly interfaces for applications.
  • Internet Application Developer -- Helps to identify market and client demands and develops, tests and launches an appropriate web application.
  • Internet Site Designer -- Develops and creates the layout and look and feel of websites.