A web designer creates the look, layout, and features of a website. The job involves understanding both graphic design and computer programming. Once a website is created, a designer helps with maintenance and additions to the website. They work with development teams or managers for keeping the site up-to-date and prioritizing needs, among other tasks.
According to O*Net Online in 2016, 43% of web developers held a bachelor's degree, 20% had an associate's degree, and 13% had a post-secondary certificate. Web designers need education in computer technology and website design to be competitive in the job market.
An associate's degree program related to web design, such as an Associate of Applied Science in Web Graphic Design, provides a student with a foundation in the design and technical aspects of creating a website. Students learn web design skills and build professional portfolios that highlight their skills and abilities.