Web Designer

A web designer is often a marketing person who has a combination of creative skills and some programming skills. The chief goal of a web designer is to communicate to an audience, drive viewers to particular web pages, and to engage community. A developer may do the same tasks but have more of a programming background; in fact, the developer usually works on the back end of a web site and the designer works on the front end.

Typical Salary Range: 
$20-40/hour
Who Does Well: 

People who have a love for design and technology, and those who don’t mind long hours in front of a computer. Attention to detail is a must, as well as staying on top of emerging technologies and platforms.

Types of Employers: 

Almost every business, nonprofit, government agency, start-up, corporation, boutique, digital media entity needs a web presence.

Career Path: 

Advanced training and experience can lead to careers as a Senior Web Designer, User Experience (UX) Designer, User Interface (UI) Designer, Visual Designer, Art Director, Motion Graphics Artist, Marketing Manager, Banner Production Artist, Social Media Coordinator, or Community Engagement Manger.

How to find a job: 

Must have an online portfolio of examples that demonstrate mastery, skill, and design ability. Best way to find a job in this field is through someone you know. Leveraging your LinkedIn contacts is key to landing a job or freelance gig.

Training Required: 
  • Graphic & Web Design
  • Illustrator
  • HTML/CSS
  • Web Design Workflow
  • WordPress
  • Web Video
  • Photoshop
  • Dreamweaver
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • InDesign
  • Social Networking Basics
Exams/Certifications Required: 
  • Graphic & Web Design Certificate (optional)
  • Web Development Certificate (optional)