Industry Spotlight: a Look Into Web Development
By Rachel Seitz
What It Is
To put it into a broad-strokes definition, web development is a term used for the work done to create a website. It includes front-end developers, who create what the users see, back-end developers, who create the behind-the-scenes functionality, and full-stack developers, who deal with all aspects of the website.
“...working in my business, everything is always moving forward. It's different, we're thinking in new ways, we're getting creative, so that really does allow me to work on projects that make me feel fulfilled at the end of the day, that make me excited to wake up and get started in the morning.”
What’s the Outlook
You may have heard talk about the growth of web development and other tech careers. That’s because this growth is, of course, rapid. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for web development from 2016-26 is 15% growth, or “much faster than average.” With a median salary of $67,990, many students of coding bootcamps get a great return on their investment.
To quote Climb borrower and General Assembly graduate Joshua Jaffe: “I’ve already said this to many of my friends, but in this current tech-heavy and economically turbulent climate, there are few careers more stable and solvent than technology design, development, and maintenance. It’s easy to feel that switching careers and adding an entirely new skill set to your life is too much to manage, but the end result is beyond worth it.”
“...the simple truth is that in 2017 our global society is increasingly becoming a digital society. And just as the ability to read and write words on paper was once a special skill held by a select few, in the coming years and decades, coding ability is going to see a transition from optional to essential. In short, learn programming, learn how to code, and you’ll be learning the keys to your future.”
How You Can Get Into It
Of course, getting a computer science degree is one way to enter web development, but it’s not the only path available to people interested in coding! After all, not everyone has the funds or the time to commit to a whole degree. And that’s where coding bootcamps come in—they're a great alternative that increases accessibility to a coding education. According to Course Report's 2018 Market Size Study, "there are 95 in-person bootcamp providers and 13 online bootcamp providers. As of June 1, there are coding bootcamps in 86 US cities and 44 states."
But if you’re worried about jumping into a new field with little to no previous experience, there are also steps you can take to get a jump-start. Plenty of free online or in-person resources, like tutorials or workshops, can be found to help you get prepared. Check out Codecademy, or visit your potential school’s website to find any upcoming events!
“I would say that if you’ve never coded, there's no excuse not to test the water first with the litany of free resources that are out there, and at that point you can see how you feel about it and if you like it or not.”
Essentially, if you're passionate about creating things and learning new concepts, there are plenty of resources available to help get you through the door in a high-growth industry that allows you to do both, whether that's a traditional education, coding bootcamps, or online tutorials!