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What Does a Web Programmer Do?

Web programmers may be used to work with a site's HTML code.
Web programmers design everything from basic web sites to interactive web sites.
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  • Last Modified Date: 15 October 2014
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Web programmers could also be called web experts. These professionals create web programs based upon a client's wishes. Web programmers design everything from basic web sites to interactive web sites. The main goal of a web programmer is to turn an Internet idea into a functioning program. While seemingly glamorous, the work of a web programmer is often difficult and time-consuming.

When a web programmer is handed a new project, he or she spends many days trying to figure out the technical aspects of that project. Once the technicalities have been worked out, the actual project construction begins. The various tasks that a programmer is asked to do will vary from company to company along with a programmer's official job title. Some of these experts are referred to as software engineers or developers rather than web programmers.

A day in the life of a web programmer includes developing code, modifying code, designing new concepts and products, testing products, and explaining the concept behind a new product to a work team. Since programmers work with a large number of people in order to finish a project, prospective programmers must be able to communicate effectively while working with others.

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In addition, a programmer should be able to think creatively. Often, clients will approach programmers with an idea that has never been translated into a technical product. It is the job of a programmer to take this idea and turn it into something tangible. In this sense, imagination is an extremely important asset that a web designer must possess. While most techniques and skills can be learned within an academic environment, imagination and creativity cannot be taught.

Some web programmers obtain four-year university degrees, while others gain all the knowledge they need from technical school. Essentially, programmers need to know all about programs that they will be using. In short, companies will not hire programmers who are not schooled in the programs that a company wishes to use. Therefore, a programmer's education is never quite complete.

While some programmers may need to be very familiar with the operating and scripting program called UNIX, others need to be well-versed in different programs. Thus, a programmer that keeps abreast with the latest programs is also a programmer that will always be in demand. Companies that hire these professionals can vary drastically, though almost all companies require this type of expert at one time or another.

The best way for a web programmer to find a well-paid position is to apply directly to companies. Alternately, some programmers may find that specializing in one field or another is the best way to remain in-demand. When a company needs a new program of any sort, they will often look for a qualified, personable, web programmer.

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