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Web Designer
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Skill Requirements

Intellectual - basic

  • Self-motivated.
  • Ability to learn technical concepts and tools quickly.
  • Attention to detail.

Intellectual - specialized

  • Ability to use website creation languages and software tools.
  • Ability to create attractive computer screen layouts.


  • Able to work on one's own.
  • Able to work effectively with others who may want to do things differently.


  • Requires working in a seated position, looking at a computer screen for prolonged periods.

Skill Maintenance Requirement

  • High. This technology is changing rapidly, and one must stay current to be effective. Remaining current can be accomplished by reading industry publications and books as they come out, attending conferences, and taking short courses.

Experience Prerequisites

It is necessary to demonstrate your ability to effectively use web development tools: competence in HTML, knowledge of CGI scripting languages (such as Java, Perl, and C++), and an understanding of issues such as download time and bandwidth. In fact, be prepared to show some of the websites or pages you have designed.

1-3 years of experience is required for most positions.


Education/Training Required

An AA or BS degree in Computer Science is listed as a requirement for most jobs. However, when it comes to web development, experience speaks much louder than formal education.

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