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Web development is a specialized type of computer programming focused on websites and web applications. Though often used interchangeably, web development and web design differ in key areas. Web design deals with the front-end of a site and concerns itself with appearance and user experience, while web development deals with building technical front-end and/or back-end code that informs site function. Web developers may work exclusively on front-end code, back-end code, or both, and many modern jobs also require overlap into web design. Employment can involve independent freelance work or working in an organization’s marketing or IT department.
This job has been identified as a demand occupation list by the Oklahoma State Workforce Development Board—that is, it is a growth occupation.
Entry-level jobs often require only a small amount of formal education and training. As the internet continues to expand, so too will the demand for talented web developers, making this career an attractive option for many. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that web development jobs will grow 15% between 2016 and 2026, which is much faster than average.
Web developers typically do the following:
When creating a website, developers have to make their client's vision a reality. They build particular types of websites, such as ecommerce, news, or gaming sites, to fit clients' needs. Different types of websites require different applications. For example, a gaming site should be able to handle advanced graphics, whereas an ecommerce site would need a payment-processing application. The developer decides which applications and designs will best fit the site.
An associate's degreein web design or related field is the most common requirement. However, for more specialized developer positions, such as back-end web developers, some employers prefer workers who have at least a bachelor's degree in computer science, programming, or a related field. Furthermore, there are many online platforms like BitDegree, for example, that offer a variety of free courses to help you get started.
Front End Programming Languages - These are some of the most common programming languages used by a front end web developer.
HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) defines the parts of web pages to the web browsers that visit them. When you access a site through your phone, tablet, or computer’s browser (Chrome, Safari, Firefox, etc.) those browsers are able to read HTML content and translate it into what you see on the screen. HTML is the language that defines which part of the page is a header, which is a footer, where paragraphs belong, where images, graphics, and videos are placed, etc.
CSS - (Cascading Style Sheets) is a sister language to HTML. It’s used after the parts of a page are defined, and specifies the page’s style. Page layouts, colors, and fonts are all selected and implemented through CSS. In other words, if HTML is the foundation of a house, CSS is the interior and exterior decorating decisions.
Overall, the salaries for web developers range from approximately $50,000 to more than $125,000. This range is due to a number of factors, such as experience, location, and field of practice. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the national median salary at $63,490.
As a web developer, you can work on the front-end and make things look good, or you can work on the back-end and make things work. Typically web developers who can do it all are called “full stack developers” since they develop on the full stack of web development technologies: front-end, middleware, back-end.Web developers who have a bachelor’s degree can advance to become project managers.
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Some Oklahoma Schools:
Tulsa Community College Tulsa
Tulsa Technology Center Tulsa
Oklahoma City Community College Oklahoma City
Francis Tuttle Oklahoma City
Northwestern Oklahoma State University Alva
Moore Norman Technology Center Norman
Meridian Technology Center Stillwater
Gordon Cooper Technology Center Shawnee
Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center Choctaw
Wes Watkins Technology Center Wetumka