Web designers are responsible for how a website looks. According to Web designer Michael Aleo, "Good Web designers know their job is to present content in the best way possible. Period." Successful Web designers may have no education beyond high school or a combination of technical certifications and academic degrees. Career opportunities for Web designers are expected to grow 22 percent from 2010 to 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Dreamweaver®, part of Adobe CS6®, is industry standard for Web design professionals. Adobe offers a certification that validates to potential employers you have entry-level skills in Web communication. There is also a movement in the United States to create a Web design certification. Countries like Canada and Switzerland have already established successful design certifications.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, educational requirements for Web designers vary with the setting they work in and the type of work they do. Requirements range from a high school diploma to a bachelor’s degree. An associate degree may be sufficient for webmasters who do not do a lot of programming. Some employers prefer Web designers who have both a computer degree and have taken classes in graphic design, especially when hiring designers who will be heavily involved in the website’s visual appearance.
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