It’s expected that job growth in web design and development will increase 57% faster than all other occupations combined. Web design and development is a good idea for students and new graduates who are considering what path they want their career to go down. The world revolves around the internet and it’s a growing market that isn’t going to go anywhere anytime soon, making it a very safe career option. Google, for example, was the concept of two Ph.D. students in 1997 and now processes 3.5 billion searches every single day and is still growing strong.

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"Reading vector illustration, multicolor" by erics for Radesign

Businesses profit from web design

The majority of businesses and organizations have an online presence, and most will either have an in-house design team or use an external design company to do this for them, meaning there are plenty of opportunities in this field. Alternatively, you could set up your own company or work as a freelancer. As a web designer or developer, you need to be competent in delivering a user-friendly website across all platforms. The University of Surrey found that 75% of users judge a business’s credibility based on the design of their website, meaning your role is extremely important. ESPN reported a 35% profit increase after simply redesigning their homepage based on user feedback.

Financing a business

With graduating from college comes an average student debt of $37,172, which has risen by a massive $20,000 in the last 13 years. For most people this means it’s essential to put their education to good use and start working so they can pay their loan off. But starting up a business costs money or life takes over and means you need to buy a car, get a home and support your family. This can interrupt your career and student loans can seem overwhelming and monthly repayments may be difficult. Refinancing your student loan can be a good option to give you some financial freedom to start your career after college. The extra money can go towards starting your own web design and development business or giving you chance to build your portfolio.

Gain experience and show off your skills

Gaining experience in web design is crucial and it’s also very easy to do. Regardless of whether your education is in web design or it’s a hobby that you want to turn into a career, you need to build up a portfolio and develop your technical skills to be able to show off your ability. During your education, such as summer breaks, you can gain experience by finding a placement or working part-time, which will also show your initiative. You can also promote yourself by making your own website to show off what you can do or increase your social media presence to get your name out there.

Even in struggling economies careers in web design and development are very secure options as the industry is thriving. Organizations recognize that their website is a paramount aspect of their success and are willing to pay well for it. Starting as a student or graduate will give you time to build your portfolio and skills that can result in a long, successful and exciting career.

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Alex Roman

Independent graphic artist and architect based in Bucharest. I really love what i do!

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