Some alternative job titles for this role
- Interaction Designer
- User Interface Designer
- Web Developer
What the job involves
- Create a website with a specific design and eye grabbing graphics and details
- Work with the client to establish the needs or functions that the web page and the overall website must achieve
- Work with graphics software, such as Photoshop
- Work with a variety of media programs to add sound or film clips to web pages
- Edit and programme content
How your career can develop
There are currently good prospects for experienced web designers and even better career progression for those who specialise, for instance in media or animation. They may become involved in client consultancy and project management while many opt for self-employment.
Why it matters?
Web designers are responsible for creating a virtual ‘shop window’ for businesses, which means they must be brand aware and design with the customer in mind, in addition to being technically capable.
- Excellent web language skills for instance in HTML, WYSIWYG and CSS
- PHP, ASP, Java, Perl and C++ skills
- Design sense – knowing what works and what doesn’t
- Knowledge of database maintenance suites such as MySQL
- Search engine optimisation skills
- An artistic eye
- Up to data familiarity with current web trends
- Social media skills
- Business knowledge
- Software companies
- Technical/e-commerce/web consultancies
- Retail businesses
- Government/state organisations
- Entertainment companies
- Graduate/Starting €25,000
- Senior/Potential €65,000
Degrees in computing/IT or web development are common gateways to the profession.
Alternative routes to a bachelor’s degree in this area may apply to students that have a PLC qualification in a related course or general computing/IT certification or diploma. For further details on eligibility requirements for third level entry following a PLC qualification, students should visit the CAO course search at Careersportal.ie.