8 Reasons to Consider a Career as a Web Developer
There are many reasons why you should pursue a career in web development, both professional and personal. If no other reason inspires, one might be the decent earnings potential. With demand going strong, the average web developer can earn between £20,000-£50,000, according to Glassdoor.
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Here is why you should consider a career as a web developer. And don't worry, it's much more than just money.
Developers are often thought of as problem solvers - and they are - however, web developers have the luxury of being able to flex their creative muscles.
For front-end web developers creativity is key. You'll be able to create first-class user experiences and charming websites. Plus, if you work for a startup, you'll get much more creative rein.
You'll be part of a community
Sometimes the people you work with are just as important as the work. And web development is lucky, because not only will you be most likely working in a team, you'll have countless online communities at your fingertips.
The online community for developers is huge, and if used to the full can be a source of technical support and a place with like-minded people. Online communities are a great resource that you can gain a lot from, not to mention what you can give back.
You don't necessarily need a degree
A large amount of developers out there don't have any formal qualifications.
Money money money
With the demand for web developers eclipsing availability, companies are upping salaries to ensure they get the best talent out there. According to Glassdoor, the average London-based web developer can earn up to £50,000 a year. And the career path doesn't stop there, you can expand into other areas where the money is higher.
You can expand into other areas
The mobile sector is booming and web developers can easily transition into mobile development. With similar interfaces, creating mobile applications can access a different market while also making developers much more attractive to potential employers.
In fact, an increasing amount of companies are looking into new ways of engaging with customers. For example, companies are looking into chatbots and applications developed for 'home assistants' like the Amazon Echo and Google Home. This could be an area that a customer-facing web developer could comfortably move in to.
It is future proof
As we progress towards an ever more tech-filled future, developer skills are increasingly in demand. We could even see programming languages become more valuable than traditional spoken languages.
You can become a specialist
With web technology in constant growth, it’s a pretty exciting place to be. And with countless companies on the lookout for new talent, it's a perfect chance for aspiring developers to find their perfect role.
If you opt for a smaller company, you'll be able to take on more responsibility, and while the pay might be a little less (which is to be expected) you'll be able to have more creative control and take real ownership of projects, which is pretty exciting.