Careers in Web Development

Building websites using HTML, CSS and JavaScript is an essential skill. Virtually every industry, from design to journalism to marketing, now requires professionals to work closely with technical teams. The skills you learn in this class will allow you to make edits and updates to your website and communicate more effectively with technical stakeholders, giving you a competitive advantage.

Our graduates are working in web development and web product-related jobs at large companies including Amazon.com and Gallup, buzzworthy startups including StackPoint Cloud and PicoBrew, and many other organizations large and small. Our current job placement rate is 85.8% for graduates of the Web Development Certificate (through December 2017).

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects about 27 percent employment growth for web developers by 2024. During that period, about 39,500 new jobs will need to be filled.


85.8% Job Placement Rate for Web Development Certificate Students



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What Kinds of Jobs Can I Find?

In-House Developer

Depending on the size of the company, you may find yourself working alone or as a member of a full development team in-house at a company. These companies use websites and apps to promote and sell their products or services.

Average Web Developer Salary in Seattle, WA –

$91,418 per year

Salary estimated from 419 employees, users, and past and present job advertisements on Indeed in the past 12 months. Last updated: February 27, 2017

Freelance Developer

You can begin your own small business developing websites.

Web Studio Developer

These are small companies that can range in size and usually include designers, developers and other industry experts devoted to creating websites for clients.

Web Developer or Engineer for Tech Company

These companies work on creating and supporting tech products, like apps and new technologies. There is less of an emphasis on client-work and website builds, and you can expect to work with a large team of industry experts. Tech startups are in this category, though those might be on a smaller scale.


10900
Web Dev Positions in Puget Sound Region, 2015
40%
Increase in Web Dev Job Postings, 2015
$62500
Median Income for Web Developers in the US
4871
Job postings for javascript developers

Get out and Network

Start talking to other people in the industry and making connections. Come to a Web Developers Meetup. Don’t feel like you need to wait until you’re a full-fledged web developer to start talking to other developers. The Seattle University Web Developers Meetup is open to everyone, whether or not you've ever taken courses at Seattle U.

We host monthly talks from industry professionals that are targeted at all levels of web developer. These monthly events provide valuable opportunities for students to network with working web professionals, meet others who are working on a career change, and grow their knowledge and skills.

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Build Your Portfolio and Prepare for the Interview

A strong portfolio is the easiest way to demonstrate your skills and value as a web developer. All of the programs at NCS focus on building your portfolio while you are finishing the certificate. The Web Development Certificate requires students to build professional web development portfolios that can be used in the job hunt, and by the time they are finished students have over 30 projects to choose from to include in their portfolios.

Students also engage with instructors and professionals to practice phone interviews, in-person interviews, and whiteboard interviews. These are often difficult parts of the career change process, but the staff and faculty in the Web Development Certificate and the Seattle University Career Services office are there to help students make it past these hurdles.