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Web Design

What Web Designers Do

Web design is a broad term covering many different skills and disciplines that are used in the production and maintenance of websites. There are two primary jobs involved in creating a website: the web designer and web developer, who often work closely together on a website. The web designers are responsible for the visual aspect, which includes the layout, coloring and typography of a web page. A web designer will also have a working knowledge of using a variety of languages such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP and Flash to create a site.

Work Environment

Web designers usually spend their days in front of a computer in an office setting. Many run their own web design business and may even work from home.

How to Become a Web Designer

Many job descriptions for web designers require a bachelor’s degree in graphic design, visual arts, fine arts, or similar fields. Increasingly, however, universities are offering - and employers are demanding - specialized degrees in such fields as user interface design and information design.


The median annual wage of web designers was $58,500 in May 2010.

Job Outlook

Employment of web designers is projected to grow 22 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Job prospects should be favorable.

Quick Facts: Graphic Designers
2010 Median Pay $58,500
Entry-Level Education Bachelor’s degree
On-the-job Training None
Number of Jobs, 2010 302,300
Job Outlook, 2010-20 22% growth rate

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