Web Master/Mistress
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Skill Requirements

Intellectual - basic

  • Self-motivated.
  • Attention to detail.

Intellectual - specialized

  • An ability to create attractive computer screen layouts.
  • Good writing skills.
  • Ability to use website creation languages and software tools.


  • Able to work with minimal supervision.
  • Able to work effectively with others who may have a different approach.
  • Able to communicate well with others, even under stress.


  • Ability to use a computer for prolonged periods.

Skill Maintenance Requirement
High. This technology is changing rapidly and it is essential to stay current to be effective. It is very common to use new tools on each new programming project. Webmasters usually have a broad range of knowledge, including programming tools, operating systems, networking and security. Remaining current can be accomplished by reading industry publications and books as they are published, attending conferences, and taking short courses.


Experience Prerequisites

It is necessary to be able to demonstrate your ability to utilize the Internet effectively, and develop and maintain a website. This experience can be gained through formal training programs, internships and jobs.


Education/Training Required

An AA or BS degree is listed as a requirement for most jobs. While demonstrated experience carries a lot of weight in this field, during the economic downturn employers will have more applicants to choose from and might be stricter about educational requirements.

Competence in areas such as HTML, DHTML, Java, Javabeans, XML, Active Server Pages, Visual Basic, and Perl is important.

The next section in this career guide ("Bay Area Education/Training Resources") provides detailed information on some of the training programs for this occupation.

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