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How to Become a Web Developer

Can you be a web developer without a degree?

Yes, it is possible to become a web developer without a degree. Web development is a flexible career with multiple entry points into the field. Web developers are proficient in various software programs like CSS, HTML, and JavaScript. Many web developers have learned to code on their own, giving them the skills to secure an entry-level web developer job.

What does a web developer do?

Web developers turn a web designer’s vision into a functioning website. They are also responsible for how well a website functions (how much traffic a site can handle, how fast a site’s pages load, etc.). They may specialize in a variety of roles including front-end web development, back-end web development, full-stack web development, interface design, mobile application design, and others.

Front-end web developer

Front-end web developers make websites user-friendly. They are masters at design, technology, and programming. Anything you can see, click on, read, scroll through, and otherwise interact with on a website is the work of a front-end developer.

Front-end developers are skilled in programming languages, graphic design tools, mobile and responsive design, SEO, developing across browsers, and much more.

Back-end web developer

Back-end web developers work “behind the scenes” to build the technology needed to power a website -- the server, application, and database. They are responsible for creating, maintaining, testing, and debugging these back-end processes.

Back-end web developers are skilled in server-side languages, server data tools, PHP frameworks, version control software, Linux, and more.

Full-stack web developer

Full-stack web developers can do it all! They are skilled in both front-end and back-end web development and can work cross-functionally across teams. They interact with both the server side and client side, which can open up job opportunities.

What education do you need to be a web developer?

Education requirements for web developer jobs range from a high school diploma to a college degree. A professional certificate and/or associate’s degree demonstrating you have the skills necessary to succeed as a web developer can be a great way to get started in the field. Many web developers earn undergraduate degrees in computer science, programming, or a related field such as graphic design.

How to become a web developer without a degree

Many entry-level web developer jobs do not require a college degree. You can get started in this high-demand field by teaching yourself to code through online coding and web development bootcamps.

Professional certificate in web development or software engineering

A professional certificate in web development or software engineering demonstrates to employers that you have the skills necessary to excel as a web developer. These types of programs, such as ASU’s software engineering bootcamp, teach you how to build web applications and write high-quality code. Web development bootcamps are also an excellent way to kick off your formal education if you are looking to eventually advance to an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.

Benefits of web development bootcamp programs

Web development bootcamps are beneficial for a variety of reasons. They teach you the in-demand skills needed by employers right now, which can help you stand out in the job market. They may also include mentorship opportunities and career preparation to help you land your first job in the field.

Learn how to become a web developer or software engineer

ASU’s Digital Bootcamp in partnership with Thinkful offers several online bootcamp programs, including one in software engineering, to help you earn a high-paying job in the tech industry. Professional certificates can be a great way to learn web development so you can jump-start your career in this high-demand field. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that web developer jobs are expected to grow much faster than average over the next decade.

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