The demand for web developers is growing year by year. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, from 2019 to 2029, the job market will witness an 8 % growth for web designers and developers. This number is actually two times more than the national average for all other occupations.
So if you're planning to become a web developer in 2023, we say go for it! But before you start applying for junior web development positions, let's first understand what you need to become a web developer.
In this blog post, we'll discuss how to become a web developer and answer some of the most frequently asked questions on this topic.
And don't worry if you don't have a degree! Today, it's not a must:
How to become a web developer without a degree
Before we answer the question above, let's define web development. In a nutshell, it's the process of creating a website. More precisely, web development is the work of developing an Internet website. The tasks of a web developer can be different. A web developer can simply develop a static page, or he can create an intricate web application, eCommerce website, or even a social network service.
The main three types of web development are:
- Front-end web development: it's taking care of the look and feel of your website
- Back-end web development: it handles the server-side aspects of your website and ensures its proper data flow
- Full-stack web development: it does a little bit of both front-end and back-end development
Don't worry — none of the types mentioned above require you to have a college degree. Here are some of the ways you can start learning web development and kickstarting your career:
How to become a freelance web developer?
- 1) Enroll in a web development course
Of course, you could figure out web development on your own, but it's much easier to learn it with the help of a specialist. So scroll through Udemy courses, search for video lessons on Youtube or enroll in a coding Bootcamp and start studying.
- 2) Build a portfolio
Once you have the basic web development skills, try to build a portfolio. Include only the best of your works, the ones which you would want to show to your future employees.
- 3) Grow your network
Participate in tech events, job fairs, and everything else that pops ups. This way, you'll be able to grow your network in the industry and find jobs easier.
How long did it take you to become a web developer?
One of the main questions for those who want to start a career in web development is, "how long does it take to become a web developer?"
Well, most web developers will probably tell you that it only took them a couple of months to start their web development career. In fact, you can learn web development only in 3-4 months and then find a good internship and start working! But don't forget that if you want to become a perfect web developer, you should constantly work on yourself and input a lot of effort into a couple of years to witness truly impressive results.
All that is left to say is good luck!
Updated: 03 March, 2023