Career path of a web developer
Right at the bottom of the web development career ladder is the apprentice web developer or junior position. Sitting at the top is the technical director. At the apprenticeship level, aspiring developers spend most of their time learning from their seniors and usually are tasked with small development projects.
Above the junior developer sits the mid-weight developer, also known simply as a developer. At this level, web developers are seen working on more challenging builds, in addition to advising and collaborating with junior members in web builds.
Senior developers often work autonomously. They take on extremely challenging web builds, often completing different web development projects with significant aplomb. The senior developer usually leads a team and handles overflows or throws in a helping hand whenever required.
Lead developers are the senior-most senior developers. Besides shouldering the responsibilities of being a senior developer, lead developers also coordinate with technical directors and work as a bridge between the head of development and other members of the team.
A technical director, or head of development, is in complete charge of a web development project. Besides making technical decisions, the head also manages salaries, scheduling, hiring and terminating, budgets, forecasting, and other duties.
What skills does a web developer need to have?
Web developers need to be proficient in technical skills, but also have the soft skills to work effectively with other team members:
- Adobe Suite
- Cross browser compatibility
- Object-Oriented Design
- User Interface Design
- User Experience Design
- Multimedia content development
- Understanding of SEO
- Good communications skills
- Attention to detail
- Ability to juggle multiple tasks at once
Common web development terms
What are the skills and qualifications needed to become a web developer?
To become a web developer, one should have an aptitude for and good understanding of computer programming languages, be able to take a detailed approach to projects, and they should possess good communication skills. As far as educational qualifications are concerned, a university degree is not required to be successful. However, most companies prefer applicants with a computer science degree (at least). Degrees in software engineering or informatics or a diploma in web development or design are also usually considered.
What's the difference between a web developer and a web designer?
Are web developers software developers?
A web developer is a kind of software developer. Software development is a much broader field. Software developers make standalone software programs, such as mobile and desktop applications. The Photoshop tool and the Instagram mobile app are examples. Web development, on the other hand, is purely web-based.
Who do web developers work for?
A web developer could work for different employers in the corporate, non-profit, and government sectors. The companies hiring them are usually specialised in IT, software development, or computer consulting. Many developers also operate as independent contractors.
Why are web developers continually learning?
A website is never finished or complete. Though a website creation project has a definite start and end date, a website needs constant nurturing. Just when a site looks perfect, a glitch shows up from nowhere. Many times website owners want fresh elements to be added to their sites. To serve their clients better over a period, web developers have to constantly learn and evolve.
Web Developer Salary
Web developers in Australia earn anywhere between AUD50,000 and AUD105,000. The average salary is AUD90,000. The salaries vary between roles and across organisations and cities. The following are the average web developer salaries in major Australian cities:
- An entry-level developer may earn AUD66,350 in Sydney.
- The same developer would earn AUD63,000 in Melbourne.
- Brisbane-based web developers take home AUD58,800 annually.
- Web developers in Perth and Newcastle make AUD59,000 and AUD60,000 respectively.
This salary guide is a compilation of salary and market information provided by Hudson consultants, clients, candidates and other sources across Australia. Information was gathered by drawing on the extensive knowledge of our specialist recruitment consultants across Hudson's specialist practice groups. Salary ranges are approximate guides only.
They relate to base salaries and exclude superannuation/bonuses/incentive schemes/stock options.
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