In a word, the employment landscape for those working in web design is “healthy.”
There are a number of reasons for this assessment, including the following three:
- The World Wide Web (aka, the Internet) is not going away anytime soon. In fact, it continues to grow at an astonishing speed.
- More and more organizations—in all industries and of all types, shapes, and sizes—are making sure they at least have a presence on the Internet.
- Web design encompasses a wide range of jobs requiring a number of different skills, thereby increasing the opportunities for those working within the field.
This final point underscores the possibilities that exist in the world of web design. The really good news is that as the Internet continues to evolve, new positions are being created on a consistent basis. For those willing to undergo training in these areas, their potential for career growth is tremendous.
Let’s take a look at a sampling of jobs (not job titles) associated with the web design space:
- The actual design of a website
- The construction of a website
- User testing of websites
- Website security
- Website search engine optimization (SEO)
And there are even more job areas then the ones listed above. There are sub-categories within these categories and separate categories altogether.
As you can see, “web design” is a broad term used to describe a variety of areas that involve many different skills. It’s much more than just “designing web pages.” In fact, the majority of jobs could be divided into two main groups: web designer jobs and web developer jobs.
True web designers work on the outside of a site—what the website visitor actually sees. On the other hand, web developers often work on the inside of a site—what is mostly unseen by a visitor, but is still part of their overall experience.
This distinction is necessary for an important reason. Web developers earn more in average annual salary than web designers . . . and NOT just a little more.
When it comes to median salary, the discrepancy is “only” about $10,000. It’s the difference between $65,000 for a web designer and $75,000 for a web developer.
However, the high end of the salary range is where the real gap materializes. The high-end salary for a web designer is around $85,000. For a web developer, the potential for earnings is much more, with a ceiling of up to $185,000 for some positions.
That’s a noticeable difference of $100,000. This difference illustrates the value that employers place on the skill set that web developers bring to their organization.
In future blog posts, we’ll continue to explore the employment landscape of web design—including both web designers and web developers.
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