Junior Web Developer

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Digital - Online / App / Mobile

Junior Web Developers are responsible for developing websites and web applications, which run within the web browsers of a computer or smart device.

Work activities

Web Developers will design, build and maintain websites and web applications to meet their client's needs. This could include creating basic websites, all the way through to developing staff intranets and payment systems.

Working conditions

Working hours are normally 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, though you may need to start earlier or work past 5pm or on weekends in order to meet deadlines.

Entry requirements

Junior Web Developers will normally require a foundation degree, higher national diploma (HND) or degree in an IT related subject, such as web development, web design, multimedia design, digital media development, web content management, business information systems or computer programming. It is highly advisable to familiarise yourself with common operating systems and servers, databases and web programming, networking and security, graphics and web design. You should also understand the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standards for website accessibility.

Job income

  • The average salary falls between £20,000 to £24,000 annually
  • Figures are intended as a guideline only

Benefits and prospects

Junior Web Developers have promotion opportunities and may advance to roles such as Web Developer.

tasks

  • Work with the client to understand the needs and functionality of the website
  • Develop the structure of the website
  • Implement back end functionality to store and retrieve data from a database
  • Implement additional functionality such as payment gateways and security
  • Add relevant content to each web page
  • Build and develop the site's styling and appearance
  • Test the site thoroughly and resolve any bugs that may appear

Skills and qualities

  • Excellent web and database programming skills
  • A good appreciation of design, usability and interactivity
  • Creative skills to turn clients' ideas into workable plans
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • A willingness to work flexibly but in an organised manner
  • The ability to follow exact instructions
  • An understanding of web development standards
  • The ability to work to deadlines
  • A commitment to keep up to date with technology
  • An appreciation of commercial pressures
  • The ability to work alone or as part of a team
  • You may need project management skills for more senior roles or freelance work