Explore the web developer career opportunities.

What they do

Web Design and DeveloperAccording to CareerOneStop (sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration), web developers design, create, and modify web sites.  They analyze user needs to implement web site content, graphics, videos, performance, and capacity.  They integrate web sites with other computer applications and convert written, graphic, audio, and video components to compatible web formats by using software designed to facilitate the creation of web and multimedia content. 

"Web developers build the backbone of websites.  Employers often require candidates to have a bachelor’s degree in computer science, programming, informational technology, or another relevant fields.  They must have excellent oral and written communication skills.  They must have good presentation skills. They must be able to work in a team environment. They must identify users’ and/or clients’ needs. They must make changes, as required by their clients and/or users. They must have strong consulting skills and have good problem-solving skills.  Web developers must pay attention to detail and be able to meet tight deadlines."

"Since web developers typically build websites from the ground up, they need to know relevant programming languages, such as Javascript, HTML, and CSS. They must also have a general understanding of relevant hardware. They must make sure that their codes are free of computer viruses."

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What tasks they perform

Web developers perform a variety of tasks. These tasks include:

  • Writing code to generate web pages, access databases and business logic servers.
  • Working with with designers and content producers.
  • Testing and documenting software for web sites.
  • Writing, modifying, and debuging software for web sites.

The following video details information about the web developer position.

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What their career path could be

Explore the following chart to view the various career paths for web developers.

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How much they earn

The following chart lists the yearly wage chart for web developers comparing wages in Michigan with wages in the United States. Listed are the high, median, and low salary ranges for web developers. 

Web Developer Wages

The following chart lists the employment trend data for web developers comparing employment opportunity and job openings in Michigan with the employment opportunity and job openings in the United States. 


Web Developer (United States)
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  1. * “The career videos were developed and distributed by the Center for Occupational Employment Information (COEI) under a grant from America's Labor Market Information System (ALMIS), a program of the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration (ETA). They are designed to provide a brief, visual introduction to the world of work for a career.”
  2. Web Developer career information available at: http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Web_Developer/Salary
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