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Become a web developer with any of these 4 online courses

By Rosa Ritchie | 15 June 2018

Becoming a web developer is a solid career choice for many people now, and the career options are almost endless in a world where every single business, large ort small, needs at least one website. Current website trends in Australia indicate that web development is more relevant than ever to a business’ bottom line. According to a recent Sensis e-Business Report, 60% of small or medium enterprises “…with websites believe this has improved the effectiveness of their business”.

Now internet users are estimated to make up 85.1% of the Australian population. Every reputable business now knows they need a great website, something aesthetically pleasing, accessible and intuitive to use. The role of the web developer is to build them.

What is website development? Front-end, back-end and full-stack

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Website development is becoming more and more specialised and complex, which is great for career growth and fresh opportunities. Within web development there are a variety of roles, grouped under two main categories: ‘front-end’ and ‘back-end.’

Front-end web developers build and design the user experience, which is everything you see when you’re navigating a site: menus, fonts, colours etc. This is constructed using a variety of codes, such as HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

Back-end are ‘client-side’, and they work closely with designers, photographers and copywriters who provide them with the content that fills the site. Back-end developers build the skeleton of the site, using servers, applications and databases. This is done using languages like Ruby, Java, PHP, Python and .Net.

‘Full stack’ developers can do back-end and front-end, which is no mean feat because it requires fluency of a huge number of languages. It’s not necessary to be a full stack developer, as most digital agencies appreciate expertise in one area more than broader, less thorough knowledge in the whole field.

It can take some time to wrap your head around the variety of languages and technical components in web development. If you’re interested in a career as a web developer, there’s heaps of work out there, but a course of study is highly recommended if you want to be job ready.

What is Vendor Mapping, and how can it help your career? Upskilled is a Microsoft Certified Partner for Learning Solutions (CPLS), offering nationally accredited qualifications delivered online. Upskilled understands that the IT sector changes rapidly and constantly, and delivers content designed to keep students up to date with advancements and new technologies. 

Upskilled online web development courses 

  1. Certificate IV in Web-Based Technologies (ICT40315).
  2. Diploma of Website Development (ICT50615).
  3. Diploma of Digital Media Technologies (ICT50915).
  4. Dual Diploma of Digital Media Technologies and Website Development (ICT50915/ICT50615).

1. Certificate IV in Web-Based Technologies (ICT40315).

This course empowers individuals with the information and technical skills to design, develop, build and administer websites using a variety of website technologies. Taking this certificate level course is a really great way to get to know the web design industry, and study content that will prepare you for Vendor Certification exams. Upon completion of this online course students will be eligible for job titles including but not limited to: web developer, webmaster assistant, website coordinator, assistant web designer.

2. Diploma of Website Development (ICT50615).

male website developer working

A diploma delivers more advanced and specific content than a Certificate IV. This diploma enables graduates to pursue careers as individual web developers, or as members of a team working collaboratively on projects. The Diploma of Website development teaches students how to design and build a database, develop website information architecture, gather data to identify business requirements and many other skills required to build dynamic, effective websites for a diverse client base.

3. Diploma of Digital Media Technologies (ICT50915).

The diploma is delivered online over a 12 month period and sets you up to be eligible for employment as a digital media designer, developer, engineer, authoring specialist or producer.

The program is broken into 4 logical clusters of training within the broad category of ICT systems:

1) Core Infrastructure;

2) Continuity & Security;

3) Continuous Improvement; 

4) Service Delivery & Governance.

Learn how to understand client requirements, develop a concept, manage projects, develop complex web pages and mobile applications, research and apply emerging web technology trends and much more.

4. Dual Diploma of Digital Media Technologies and Website Development (ICT50915/ICT50615).

This dual diploma is a jam packed 12 month course of study, designed to produce graduates with an outstanding range of competencies. The course combines digital media technologies and website development to provide the skills and knowledge for you to design, develop and refine digital media technologies, along with the competencies to design, build and manage websites. Graduates of this course are eligible for work in digital media and web development, and are highly attractive to potential employers due to their diverse skillset.

Becoming a web developer could be a great career move

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If you’re feeling pumped up to kick start a career in web development, there’s no better time to seize the opportunity. As web based technologies become an increasingly integral part of businesses big and small, there will be no shortage of work. Once you’ve familiarised yourself with the basics of all aspects of the field you’ll be able to cultivate a specialisation, and tailor your portfolio to suit certain types of jobs.

It’s rare to find a career that can cater for professionals who prefer to work solo or part as a team, freelance or as a permanent staff member, but web developers have a lot of freedom. It’s a universal skill that you can take anywhere with good wi-fi. If you’re creative, computer literate, innovative and motivated definitely consider a career in web development.

Why learning online could be a great way to reach for your goals

When you really want to learn a new skill, there comes a point when a formal qualification is required. Click here to get your web development career started. We can’t wait to see what you create.

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