Is Web Development a good career choice in 2021?
A short and sweet post explaining web development, tools needed and salary expectations.
Web development is one of the hottest topics in the development circle, especially since it is the most common way for tech enthusiasts to get started with programming and design.
So, what really is Web Development?
Web development is the work involved in developing a website for the Internet or an intranet. It can range from developing a simple single static page of plain text to complex web-based internet applications, electronic businesses, and social network services.
Now, that up there is the complex definition, the main gist of it is this:
Web Development is the process of building websites or web applications. This process can involve you building web pages like the one you are reading now, or more complex web applications like Twitter's webpage. In either case, you will be building pages that are seen over the internet (or a server).
So, you might be thinking, what exactly do you need to know to become a web developer?
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Web Developer Tools
In web development, you can either be a frontend developer, backend developer or a full stack developer. I'll explain them below, then we can get into the tools you can start learning first:
Frontend Developer: This person is in charge of building the part of the website that you and I can see, the homepage, the color layout, the website layout, the font types e.t.c
Backend Developer: This person is in charge of building channels to connect the website to a server. He/She might also manage databases, build databases and create ways to connect what you and I can see (the frontend of the website) to these databases.
Fullstack Developer: A fullstack developer is a jack-of-all-trades in the web developer world. This person is well versed in creating the frontend of the website and connecting it to a server, the person is also good at database creation and other database related tasks.
Now to the tools:
Frontend Developer Tools:
- HTML(Hypertext Markup Language)
- CSS (Cascading Style Sheet)
- Any CSS pre-processor
Backend Developer Tools
Any programming language would work on the backend, however, the more common options are:
NB: For Backend development, you can select any one of the listed languages, you do not need to know them all. Any one language in the list can be used to build server connection to the frontend.
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Possible Job Roles
Now, as a web developer, these are some of the common job roles you could fit into:
- Frontend Developer
- Backend Developer
- Fullstack Developer
- LAMP Stack Developer
- React Developer
Web Development Career
On whether Web Development is a good career choice for 2021, I would say it is a pretty good career for anyone looking to get into tech. Here are some salary ranges for Junior Web Developers from Glassdoor in 2020:
- Junior Web Developer: $54,456
- Junior Frontend Developer: $93,248
- Junior Backend Developer: $68,388
- Junior React Developer: $72,000
I hope this helps you if you are considering a career in web development. It might look like a long journey, especially deciding which part you want to fit in, but with a plan, it is doable.
See you next week.
PS: If you're looking to start on your tech career this year, you can download this checklist of 14 careers in tech and the programming language you should learn first.