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Web developer

Web developers create and maintain websites and web applications.

Annual Salary

£20,000 to £50,000

Average UK salary in 2019 was £30,378
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

37 to 39 a week

You could work: evenings; occasionally

3%
Future employment

There will be 3% more Web developer jobs in 2025.
In your local area

What's it all about?

Day to day tasks

Your day-to-day duties might include:

  • meeting clients to discuss what they want their site to do
  • preparing a design plan
  • deciding which branding, text, colours and backgrounds to use
  • laying out pages and positioning buttons, links and pictures using design software
  • adding multimedia features like sound, animation and video
  • testing and improving the design and site
  • uploading the site to a server

Working environment

You could work from home, in an office or at a client's business.

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
University

You could do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in:

  • web design and development
  • computer science
  • digital media development
  • software engineering

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
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College

You could do a college course that may help you to get a trainee developer's job. Courses include:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Web Development
  • T level in Digital Production, Design and Development
  • Level 4 Diploma in Software Development
  • Level 5 Diploma in Computing

Entry requirements

You may need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level
  • 1 or 2 A levels, a level 3 diploma or relevant experience for a level 4 or level 5 course
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Apprenticeship

You could take a software developer higher apprenticeship, or a higher apprenticeship for IT, software and web professionals.

You could also do a digital and technology solutions degree apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
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Work

You may be able to start as a junior developer and improve your skills and knowledge by completing further training and qualifications while you work.

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Career tips

Make sure that you're up to date with the latest industry trends and web development standards.

Further information

You can get more advice about working in computing from Tech Future Careers and The Chartered Institute for IT.

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.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to write computer programs
  • persistence and determination
  • analytical thinking skills
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • maths knowledge
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications
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