Web Developers work to design, create, and maintain websites and web applications. They can work on internet sites, as well as on intranet sites. They are usually employed by companies specialized in software development, IT, or computer consulting. Web Developers usually work for a firm or company, nevertheless, some Web Developers offer their services on a freelance basis.
The majority of Web Developers work either on the software, database, and coding part of a website, known as back-end, or in the design and interface part, known as front-end. However, there are Web Developers that work on both sides and offer a more complete service, these are called Full Stack Developers.
The main focus of a Web Developer should always be to create consistent and efficient web applications and services. Web Developers must always strive to meet the necessities of their clients.
Here’s a non-exhaustive list of common tasks Web Developers are required to complete.
- Developing new applications and websites:
- Designing the architecture of the applications or websites;
- choosing the best programming language for the applications or websites;
- designing and developing the applications or websites;
- integrating graphics, audio, and video into the applications or websites;
- quality assurance (QA) testing and troubleshooting the applications or websites in different browsers; and
- presenting the website or application to the clients.
- Fixing bugs or problems on running websites or applications.
- Adding new features to running websites or applications:
- Designing and developing new features; and
- testing new features to ensure proper performance
- Going over colleagues’ coding to look for issues or possible mistakes.
- Creating Application Program Interfaces (APIs) to ensure performance in data exchange applications.
- Consulting with Designers, Producers, and clients to check on the project’s process:
- Working with Graphic Designers to determine the website’s layout.
- Keeping up-to-date with new programming languages, technologies, frameworks, and trends in the market:
- Looking out for new advances in programming technologies; and
- learning new programming languages and frameworks.
- Receiving new projects or assignments.
- Designing parameters for a new website or application.
- Developing and designing new websites and applications.
- Testing for performance errors or bugs.
- Receiving feedback from users and testers regarding performance issues, errors, or bugs, and fixing them accordingly.
- Proofreading colleagues’ coding.
- Designing and implementing updates to existing websites and applications.
- Updating clients and Project Managers on updates regarding websites and applications.
The average Web Developer salary is $63,254 per year or $32 per hour. This is around 1.9 times more than the Median wage of the country. Entry level positions start at $44,000 while most experienced workers make up to $89,000. These results are based on 545 salaries extracted from job descriptions.