Web designers use their creative and technical skills to design new websites and redesign existing ones.
Salary Range: £18,000 to £40,000
How to become a web designer
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
You could take a higher national diploma or degree in:
- web design and development
- multimedia design
- digital media development
- interactive computing
You’ll usually need:
- 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a higher national diploma
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
- equivalent entry requirements
- student finance for fees and living costs
- university courses and entry requirements
You could take a college course to learn some of the skills needed in this job. For example:
- Level 3 Certificate in Web Design and Development
- T level in Digital Production, Design and Development
- Level 4 Certificate in Digital Media Design
You may need:
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level
- 1 or 2 A levels, a level 3 diploma or relevant experience for a level 4 or level 5 course
You could complete training like an advanced apprenticeship for IT, software, web professionals, or a higher apprenticeship in creative and digital media.
You could also do a creative digital design degree apprenticeship.
You’ll usually need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
You could start working as a design assistant or web support assistant and train while you work.
Volunteering and experience
You could volunteer for a local community group or charity and create a website for them. Any experience you can get will be helpful when applying for jobs.
You’ll need a portfolio of work that shows employers your creative design skills.
Make sure that you’re up to date with the latest trends, features and design software by:
- getting involved in free webinars or online training courses
- signing up to free online magazines
- reading the latest industry blogs for news and tips
You can get more advice about careers in web design from Creative Choices and Tech Future Careers.
You can also find out more from Discover Creative Careers.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to write computer programs
- persistence and determination
- analytical thinking skills
- to be flexible and open to change
- the ability to use your initiative
- maths knowledge
- to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications
What you’ll do
- take a lead role in maintaining and developing a site
- attend meetings to plan and develop site content, style and appearance
- use web content management systems (CMS)
- analyse website usage statistics
- write reports for senior managers, clients and partnership organisations
- carry out quality assurance checks on content
- report technical problems to IT support staff
You could work in an office, from home or at a client’s business.
Career path and progression
With experience you could move into design team management or expand your skills to become a web content manager.
You might work towards a move into business management.
You could also work as a freelance web designer or set up your own web design business.