Web designer

Alternative titles for this job include Digital designer

Web designers use their creative and technical skills to design new websites and redesign existing ones.

Average salary (a year)

£18,000 Starter

to

£40,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 a week

You could work

evenings occasionally

How to become a Web designer

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role

University

You could take a higher national diploma or degree in a subject like:

  • web design and development
  • multimedia design
  • digital media development
  • interactive computing

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels for a higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree

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College

You could take a college course to learn some of the skills needed in this job. For example, the Level 3 Diploma in Web Design or Multimedia Design.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) for a level 3 course

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Apprenticeship

You could complete training, like an advanced apprenticeship for IT, software, web and telecoms professionals or higher apprenticeship in creative and digital media.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), usually including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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Work

You could start out working as a design assistant or web support assistant and train while you work.

Volunteering and experience

You could volunteer for a local community group or charity and create a website for them. Any experience will be helpful in getting a job.

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Career tips

You'll need a portfolio that demonstrates your creative design skills and shows employers what website work you've done.

Make sure that you know the latest trends and techniques in web design by:

  • getting involved in free webinars or online courses
  • signing up to free online magazines
  • reading the latest blogs for news and tips

Further information

Tech Future Careers has more details about digital careers and training.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to write computer programs
  • persistence and determination
  • analytical thinking skills
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • maths knowledge
  • this job requires a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your daily duties might include:

  • taking a lead role in maintaining and developing a site
  • attending meetings to plan and develop site content, style and appearance
  • using web content management systems (CMS)
  • analysing website usage statistics
  • writing reports for senior managers, clients and partnership organisations
  • carrying out quality assurance checks on content
  • reporting technical problems to IT support staff

Working environment

You could work in an office, from home or at a client's business.

Career path and progression

With experience you could move into design team management or expand your skills to become a web content manager.

You might work towards a move into business management.

You could also work as a freelance web designer, or set up your own web design business.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Digital Solutions Degree Apprenticeship – Software Engineering

  • Wage : £20,000.00 Annually
  • Location: Coventry CV3 4LF

Apprentice IT Support

  • Wage : £138.75 Weekly
  • Location: Heywood OL10 3AJ

Courses In England

Interactive Digital Design

  • Provider: BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology
  • Start date: 30 August 2019
  • Location: CROYDON

Creative Media Production Technology - Digital Design and Communication Extended Diploma 3

  • Provider: MANCHESTER COLLEGE (THE)
  • Start date: 04 September 2019
  • Location: Manchester

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