web developmentWith the booming expansion of technology in the last decade, web development is an exciting field that is still rapidly changing. Nearly everything we do on a daily basis involves programmed technology — our cars, navigation devices, computer networks, phones and even employee payroll systems. All of these work due to the simple fact that a not-so-simple code was written to tell each application what to do.1

A Burning Glass report showed that there were approximately seven million job openings that required coding skills in 2015; and the same report also showed that programming careers are growing 12% faster than the market average.2

The increasing need for web development skills is apparent.

At Grantham, we know the skills you need to get started in a new career field. We focus on the essential programming languages in our Introduction to Programming certificate program, so we can help all our graduates start off on the right foot.

Common Web Development Job Duties

Computer programmers have various duties, depending on the industry in which they work. They are responsible for creating and testing codes, forms and scripts, all of which make a computer application function.

To do this efficiently, programmers often analyze user needs to ensure the programs are the most effective. Businesses also rely on programmers to set up a system that can “store, locate and retrieve specific documents, data and information.”3

The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists additional common duties found in web development careers:4

  • Write programs in a variety of computer languages
  • Update and expand existing programs
  • Test programs for errors and fix the faulty lines of computer code
  • Create and test code in an integrated development environment (IDE)
  • Use code libraries to simplify the writing

Grantham’s Introduction to Programming certificate program can help prepare you for the important duties of different programming careers. You can take online classes specifically designed to give you the most relevant experience with a variety of programming languages and tasks.

Job Titles Across Industries

Web development jobs can come with a variety of titles.
Many positions are plainly titled “Computer Programmer,” but there are several other job titles to watch for when you are searching for a job. In their summary report for computer programming careers, O*Net lists some commonly reported job titles in the industry:5

  • Applications Developer
  • Internet Programmer
  • Java Developer
  • Programmer Analyst
  • Software Developer
  • Web Programmer

Stay Home and Get Paid Well? It’s Possible

Are you looking for a job with the flexibility of working either at home or in an office? Depending upon the industry and job position, telecommuting may be possible because a large portion of the work is done on a computer.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the full-time “median annual wage for computer programmers was $79,530 in 2015.”6 The pay relies on the industry in which you would work, so you have the freedom to choose which industry works best for you.

It is not the industry alone that affects pay, but the required skills can also boost your paycheck. One Burning Glass study found that jobs requiring coding skills pay up to $22,000 per year more, and 49% of all jobs paying more than $58,000 require some coding skills.2

Education, Experience and Advancement

While the certificate is often enough for hiring companies, more education and specialized experience is also an option after receiving the certificate.

The certificate program can prepare you for additional education within web development, if you decide to move forward with your education.

You can learn to write and fix code, make interactive web pages and more at Grantham. The best part?

You can typically earn your certificate in about eight months. This gives you a quick and convenient way to get your foot in the door at companies in multiple industries.

The opportunities are out there, so take the first step toward your web development career in this exciting and growing field. Contact us today to sign up for our online Introduction to Programming certificate program!

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