Web Designers & Developers
Learn about this occupation – including typical duties, education required, salary and job outlook information, job boards and more.
Web developers and programmers use a variety of programming languages to design, create and modify Web sites. They analyze users’ needs to implement content, graphics, performance, and Web site capacity. They may also integrate Web sites with other computer applications. They are employed in computer software development firms, information technology consulting firms, information technology units throughout the private and public sectors, advertising agencies or they may be self-employed. (National Occupational Classification)
Web designers develop and create the visual presentation, layout and functionality of the Web sites and related applications. They are responsible for ensuring that the Web site is easy to use, and that the information is easy to access. Web designers are employed in computer software development firms, information technology consulting firms, information technology units throughout the private and public sectors, advertising agencies or they may be self-employed. (National Occupational Classification)
Find detailed information about the occupation, including typical duties and working conditions, in the links below:
- National Occupational Classification (NOC) - Canadian occupational descriptions
- O*NET Online - U.S. resource for occupational descriptions and information
- OCCinfo by alis - Alberta-based occupational information:
- Day in the Life of a Website Designer - from the Princeton Review (U.S.)
- Career Explorer by Sokanu - U.S.-based occupational information
- Interview: Creative Director in Digital Media
- Career Paths Booklet (Web Design - p.12) - Tech Manitoba's guide for occupations in technology and IT
- Manitoba Ecosystem: Software development -Tech Manitoba resource with career information and educational programs related to UI/UX and Software Development
- Computing Disciplines: A Quick Guide (for disciplines involving Web design see p.32 & 38) - from CERIC
Many web designers possess post-secondary education: a bachelor's degree, usually in computer science, communications or business, or a college diploma in computer science, graphic arts, web design or business. Prior experience as a computer programmer or graphic designer is usually required. (NOC)
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Faculty and Department Homepages
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Exploring Other Education Options
Information for foreign-trained Web Designers & Developers - Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials
Labour market information
Labour market information informs users of supply and demand for specific occupations and sectors. It includes such things as salary and job outlook information. These resources support informed career decision making and job search efforts.
- Trend Analysis - Job Market Report (Winnipeg Region) - Gov. of Canada Job Bank
- Occupation Outlook Handbook - Job outlook for the U.S.
- Current employment stats for Web Design & Development in Canada (by geography and sector)
- ICTC's e-Talent Canada
- Robert Half Salary Guides - view both the Tech & Creative guides for salary and hiring trends
- Manitoba Ecosystem: Software development - resource with labour marketing information related to UI/UX and Software Development
- Tech Nation - Job Availability
Professional associations may organize events and provide directories, job postings, career and labour market information. Student membership opportunities may also be available: engage, learn and network!
- Association of Information Technology Professionals
- Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS)
- World Organization of Webmasters
- Careers in the Web Profession
- American Association of Webmasters
Directories, Industry Associations, and Sector Councils
These resources provide industry news, labour market information and a list of potential employers. Remember, there are usually multiple industries worth exploring.
- New Media Manitoba
- Tech Manitoba (formerly ICTAM) - business directory
- Information & Communication Technology Council of Canada - view 'Research' market reports and learn about Student 'Education & Skills' opportunities
- Creative Manitoba
- Tech Nation (formerly ITAC) - Membership directory
Search the industry-specific job boards below to learn about skill requirements, employers, job duties and available jobs. You may also wish to search more general online job boards.
These external resources may provide you with additional information about the occupation and opportunities to build experience:
- Article: "Web design: Taking art from the canvas to an interface" - Job PostingsMagazine
- Canadian Industry Outlook Forecasts - industry reports from ICTC
- I want to be a UX Designer. What will my salary be? - The Globe & Mail
- Technology Career Guide - industry and employer information from TalentEgg.ca
- Computers & Technology Career Guide - industry facts and articles from JobPostings.ca