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Web Design

Looking for a career on the cutting edge of information technology development and creativity? Think about web design.

Web designers work to create sites based on the needs and goals of both the visitors’ persona and the organizations behind the site, bringing designs from concept to reality. A web designer combines type, graphics, animation, video, sound, and programming to create a complete multimedia experience for the
web visitor.

The web site creation process is a pretty open field if you’re creative. There are no written rules that a web site has to be this way or that way, you can create your own ideas and run with it. No two web sites are exactly alike.

Demand is high for workers who are skilled in the design, development, and maintenance of Internet web sites. Over the next five to 10 years, the number of jobs is expected to increase 15 to 25 percent. Earnings vary greatly depending on location and employer, from around $20,000 to $50,000 annually.

With the rapid growth and change in the field, students must be willing to learn new software continually, and enjoy working on computers, which is where they will spend most of their time. They need to be creative and artistic and be able to not only recognize but create good design. Working well with people and being an organized problem solver are also necessary traits. Increasingly, web designers need to create pages that are accessible to anyone, no matter what electronic device they are using.

Salary ranges: $20,000 – $50,000 per year

“Design software programs are changing all the time. If a student is good with change, and they can stay current with the updates in the computer field, this will be a good fit for a career path,” said David Fitzgerald, professor of computer information services. “The web site creation process is a pretty open field if you’re creative. There are no written rules that a web site has to be this way or that way, you can create your own ideas and run with it. No two web sites are exactly alike.”

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