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Job Description

Web and App developers are responsible for designing, building and maintaining websites, website applications or mobile apps. They are heavily involved in coding and other technical aspects of these platforms and maybe also be involved with graphics. They can also be involved with the maintenance, additions and updates of existing sites and applications.

Web developers will use programming languages or source code to create software to meet their clients requirements for websites and possibly mobile applications.  You might specialise in either website or mobile application development or work across a broad range of Internet based technologies.

Entry Requirements

You’ll usually need a foundation degree, HND or degree in an IT-related subject. Relevant subjects include:

  • business information systems
  • computer programming
  • digital media development
  • multimedia design
  • web content management
  • web development or web design

You may be able to start in a junior position with other IT qualifications if you can show excellent skills in web development technologies. 

You’ll need to be familiar with at least one of the following areas:

  • common operating systems and servers
  • databases and web programming
  • graphics and web design
  • networking and security

You’ll also need an understanding of World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) web development standards.

Once you start working, you’ll usually receive on-the-job training, especially if you’ve joined a company through a graduate training scheme.

Career Path and Progression

With experience, you could specialise in a particular area, like e-commerce, or move up to a more senior role like lead programmer or project leader. 

You could also move into other IT fields, like systems analysis or IT project management.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Computer games developer
  • Database administrator
  • Network engineer
  • Network manager
  • Software developer

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

You will need:

  • creative flair
  • good problem solving skills
  • attention to detail
  • able to communicate your ideas and designs in simplistic terms
  • good analysis skills
  • the ability to work well in part of a team and on your own initiative

Starting Salary

£20,000 to £50,000

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