Web developer

THE JOB
 

builds and maintains websites and web applications

 

the work focuses usually on the underlying software and databases, known as the 'back end'

 

some web developers work also on the interface and visual design, the 'front end'

 

combining both is also possible, called 'full-stack development'

TASKS AND ACTIVITIES
 

responsible for the technical development of websites

 

writing code in one or more programming or scripting languages, such as PHP or JavaScript

 

planning and prototyping new applications

 

designing the architecture of the components of an application

 

building and testing Application Program Interfaces (APIs) for applications to exchange data

 

meeting designers, developers and project staff for progress updates

 

gathering requirements from clients and users

SKILLS
 

knowledge of programming and application design

 

logical approach to problem solving

 

being able to work independently and in mixed teams

 

being able to manage a complex range of tasks and meet deadlines

 

good communication skills

 

willing to learn constantly new technologies

EDUCATION
 

do your best at high school in the subjects mathematics, English and computer science

 

vocational ICT training courses

 

higher professional education in ICT (HBO)

SELF-STUDY
 

attend meetings for different programming languages and interest groups

 

attend courses, conferences and workshops

 

gain knowledge through the internet

 

find opportunities to develop websites and applications within your network of friends and family

START NOW
 

read and watch the stories of the role models on our website

 

visit websites of women's networks: www.rightbrains.nl www.ictvrouwen.nl www.vhto.nl

 

get advice from your dean at school or from the school career supervisor

 

talk to your parents, uncles, aunts or neighbors and ask them for advice