Year on year the expansion of digital interactive media grows, especially now the IT and telecommunications fields move closer together. Due to this expansion there is a high number of graduate developer jobs, especially within the field of web, which continues to grow. This trend is expected to develop even further in 2009 as many organisations further invest in the web as the credit crunch bites.
The tasks and duties for graduate developer jobs for the web are very diverse. Graduate web developers usually work across the construction phase of the development lifecycle with their key responsibilities incorporating development, design and programming new sites.
Graduate web developers create applications specifically for the World Wide Web where the applications generally utilise a server and a web browser. Graduate web developers work in all sectors of industry from commerce to local government to education.
If you are considering a job in web development, we have complied a summary below of the key skills required, along with information regarding how to go about landing your first role.
What type of programming application do you need to know to get a graduate developer job for the web?
Graduate web developers often have knowledge of more than one programming language. The most common languages currently used include:
- PHP is one of the most popular programming languages.
- Graduate web developers also utilise the following technologies; MySQL, Oracle, XML and Microsoft SQL Server.
These days graduate web developers are also required to be familiar with the following packages:
- Visual Studio
What experience and qualifications do employers look for when they recruit a graduate web developer?
To become a graduate web developer you do not necessarily need formal qualifications (but it is recommended), but you do need good knowledge of the “front end” and “back end” concepts of a site. So in short we could say you need an understanding of what the site looks like and how it functions for the users but also how the technology in the back end works.
Many graduate web developers new to the industry have a foundation degree, BTEC HNC/HND award or degree in IT-related subjects. These courses cover subjects such as:
- Web development or web design
- Multimedia design
- Business information systems
- Computer programming
- Digital media development
- Web content management
How to get a graduate developer job for the web?
The best path to becoming a graduate web developer is through formal training. Those graduates that do not have web development experience may choose to start by developing small web applications at home to gain experience in the field.
Graduate internships and contract positions are also a good way to gain experience and to get started as a graduate web developer. The more experience you can gain through training and courses, the more chance you will have to become a professional web developer.