Web Designers and Developers


What they do?

Web designers and developers perform some or all of the following duties:

A. May research and evaluate a variety of interactive media software products

B. Consult with clients to develop and document Web site requirements

C. Prepare mock-ups and storyboards

D. Develop Web site architecture and determine hardware and software requirements

E. Source, select and organize information for inclusion and design the appearance, layout and flow of the Web site

F. Create and optimize content for the Web site using a variety of graphics, database, animation and other software

G. Plan, design, write, modify, integrate and test Web-site related code

Where they find work?

1. Computer systems design and related services - 49.0%
2. Information and cultural industries - 12.0%
3. Public administration - 8.0%
4. Educational services - 5.0%
5. Finance and insurance - 4.0%
6. Retail trade - 3.0%
7. Wholesale trade - 2.0%

What education do I need?

1. A bachelor's degree, usually in computer science, communications or business or Completion of a college program in computer science, graphic arts, Web design or business is required.

2. Experience as a computer programmer or graphic designer is usually required.

3. Most recent entrants have a community college diploma and almost 3 in 10 have an undergraduate university degree.

High School Subject that will help:

  1. Math
  2. Business
  3. Computer-related courses
  4. Industrial Arts (Electronics)

What can you expect to make:

The average hourly wages for Web Designers and Developers is $23.60/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the natural and applied sciences and related occupations and close to the average for all professional occupations. These wages grew at an above-average rate from 2002 to 2004.

Average Wage

Web Designers and Developers wages

Expected Wage by Age

Web Designers and Developers Wage By Age


3% of Web Designers and Developers are unemployed. This rate is close to the average for professionnal occupations.


Web Designers and Developers Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Web Designers and Developers Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Web Designers and Developers is considered Above Average because:

1. Employment grew at an average rate.

2. Hourly wages ($23.60) are above the average ($18.07), and the rate of wage growth is also above average.

3. The unemployment rate (3%) is close to the 2004 average (7%).

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Above Average because:

1. Enrolment in the fields of study related to this occupation has increased considerably. This will likely result in a very significant number of graduates over the next few years and could lead to a decrease in employment opportunities. The employment growth rate will likely be above average.

2. The retirement rate will likely be below average, and the number of retiring workers should not contribute significantly to job openings.

3. The number of job seekers will likely exceed the number of job openings.

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations Web Designers and Developers are found in Ontario and British Columbia while the lowest concentrations are in Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland.

Unionization Rate:

The unionization rate (22%) is below the average (32%) for all occupations.

Useful Experience:

1. Project management

2. Team project work

3. Proposal writing

Part Time Workers

Web Designers and Developers Part Time Workers

Part time workers:

14% of Web Designers and Developers are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 21,500 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, an increase of 183% since 1997.

Age Demographics

Web Designers and Developers Age Demographics

Age Demographics:

The younger-than-average age (38) of worker will likely result in a below-average retirement rate to 2009.

Self Employed

Web Designers and Developers Self Employed

Self Employed:

Roughly 35% of Web Designers and Developers are self-employed. This is considered Above average for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Web Designers and Developers Men vs Women

Men vs Women:

28% of the individuals employed as Web Designers and Developers are women. Compared to other industries, this is Average .