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What does a web designer do?

Ever wondered, what is web design? With one eye on aesthetics and the other on great functionality, a web designer creates the visual elements for a website or application. A Website designer works closely with a web developer to create a website, ensuring it looks both visually appealing and also provides a good user experience. There are a variety of skills needed for this job including the ability to use design software (such as Adobe Photoshop) and it’s also helpful to have knowledge of computer coding. Website design holistically looks at the visual appearance, UX design and accessibility of a website.

As a website designer you could choose to work in-house, for an agency, or run your own business as a freelance web designer across a range of industries.  

Is a career as a web designer right for me?

If you have both an eye for design and an aptitude for technology, you might like working as a website designer. Other skills and attributes beneficial for this role include:

  • the ability to work collaboratively 
  • effective communication skills  
  • an analytical mind 
  • an interest in continuous learning 
  • good problem-solving skills  
  • creativity.  

How to become a web designer

To become a web designer, you typically start by completing foundational education in graphic design, digital media, or a related field. Many web designers hold a diploma or degree in graphic design or a similar discipline. Learning key design software such as Adobe Creative Suite — Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign — is crucial, understanding the basics of HTML and CSS can also be beneficial. Gaining experience through internships, freelance projects, or contributing to open-source projects can help build a strong portfolio and secure job opportunities.

Every journey to study is individual and there are several paths to reaching your web career goals. At ˾Ƶ, we offer the following degrees in the area of design and interactive technologies:

Average salary per week
$1441
Future demand
Strong

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© Commonwealth of Australia
Last updated May 2024.

Web designer sitting at computer.
Do you need a degree to be a web developer?

Possessing a formal degree in information technology or a related field can significantly enhance your career prospects.

A university degree provides a comprehensive foundation in key principles and practices, promotes critical thinking, and is often favoured by employers for more competitive positions. At ˾Ƶ, we offer a range of degrees in information technology. These degrees will equip you with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience and network with others also entering the industry.

How long does it take to become a web developer?
The time it takes to become a web developer can vary depending on the path you choose to take. Undergraduate degrees in web development typically take three years; however, if you choose to study part-time, this can increase the time it takes to finish the qualification.
What is the average web developer’s salary?
Salaries for web developers (including freelance web developers) vary based on factors such as location, experience, and workplace setting. Refer to the salary information on this page for further details.
Are web developers in demand?
Yes, web developers are in high demand. The need for businesses to maintain robust online presences and the ongoing growth of e-commerce and mobile applications contribute to the strong demand for web developers. Web developers are also sought after in the education and training, financial and insurance, information media, and telecommunications industries.

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