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Web Designer / Developer

Job Zone

Education
Most occupations in this zone require job specific training (vocational training) related to the occupation (NFQ Levels 5 and 6 or higher), related on-the-job experience, or a relevant professional award.

Related Experience
Previous work-related skills, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, several years of full or part-time employment in the area may suffice.

Job Training
Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognised apprenticeship or training program may be associated with these occupations.

Job Zone Examples
These occupations usually involve using communication and organisational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include restaurant managers, electricians, agricultural technicians, legal secretaries, hairdressers, and web developers.

€38k > 70
Website
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€38 - 70
Related Information:
Web Services Developer: 38 - 55
Web Designer: 40 - 70
Data Source(s):
CPL / Robert Walters / Hudson

Last Updated: February, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
Shortage Indicator

Niche areas only - particularly web related applications
focusing on enhancing users’ online experience (UX) and supporting user
interaction (UI)

-3%
Occupational Category

ICT Professionals N.E.C.

Also included in this category:

IT consultants; software testers; systems testers (computing); telecommunications planners

Number Employed:

8,000

Part time workers: 8%
Aged over 55: 4%
Male / Female: 83 / 18%
Non-Nationals: 31%
With Third Level: 90%
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At a Glance... header image

Works on the design, layout and coding required to build and maintain a website.


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The Work header image

Website designers can use a number of different ways to communicate information; this means that they use multimedia. For example, their website may have text, speech, graphics, interactive buttons, animation or video pictures.  
 
To create a website, designers have to think carefully about the end user. They need to achieve a balance between attractive design and delivering clear, easy to understand information. The most successful sites allow people to travel around them easily. Many designers make their websites as interactive as possible. This means that there is a two-way flow of information between the user and the website; the computer responds to the user's requests.  
 
Website designers may use HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) to present text and graphics; they may use other programming languages, such as Java, to add a level of interactivity to a website. Also, they may use specialist Web design tools.  
 
Some companies ask website designers to manage the sites they have created. They must make sure that site information is up-to-date and relevant. To do this, they work closely with colleagues, including public relations staff and software engineers.


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Design, build, or maintain web sites, using authoring or scripting languages, content creation tools, management tools, and digital media.

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Perform or direct web site updates.

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Write, design, or edit web page content, or direct others producing content.

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Confer with management or development teams to prioritize needs, resolve conflicts, develop content criteria, or choose solutions.

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Back up files from web sites to local directories for instant recovery in case of problems.

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Identify problems uncovered by testing or customer feedback, and correct problems or refer problems to appropriate personnel for correction.

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Evaluate code to ensure that it is valid, is properly structured, meets industry standards and is compatible with browsers, devices, or operating systems.

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Maintain understanding of current web technologies or programming practices through continuing education, reading, or participation in professional conferences, workshops, or groups.

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Analyze user needs to determine technical requirements.

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Develop or validate test routines and schedules to ensure that test cases mimic external interfaces and address all browser and device types.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Thinking Creatively: Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Interacting With Computers: Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Processing Information: Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

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Getting Information: Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Provide Consultation and Advice to Others: Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems: Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events: Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Computers and Electronics: Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Customer and Personal Service: Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Design: Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

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Communications and Media: Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Operations Analysis: Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.

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Programming: Writing computer programs for various purposes.

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Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

To be a website designer, you must have a strong interest in information technology. It is equally important to have strong design skills and be creative, enthusiastic, imaginative and artistic with an eye for colour. You should be skilled in computer languages like HTML and Java, or be willing to learn and develop these skills.  
 
You'll need an open mind to grasp the future potential of the Internet, and to think about the best way to use multimedia technologies like graphics, video and sound.  
 
Good teamwork skills are very important; you may be working closely with public relations staff, marketing departments or other IT specialists.  
 
Designers who work on a freelance basis need the skills to run their own business. Freelance designers also need to be able to work efficiently on their own and be self-motivated and self disciplined.


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Go..Web Designer - from: N.C.S. [UK]
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Organisation: Smart Futures
Address: Discover Science & Engineering, Wilton Park House, Wilton Place, Dublin, 2
Tel: (01) 607 3171
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Organisation: ICS - The Society for Chartered IT Professionals in Ireland
Address: 87-89 Pembroke Road, Dublin 4
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Organisation: Institute of Designers in Ireland
Address: The Digital Hub, Roe Lane, Thomas St., Dublin 8
Tel: (01) 489 3650
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