Career as a Web Designer

Career as a Web Designer

Overview

An attractive look for a website's success is crucial nowadays if you are not offering any such service that the user has to visit the website no matter how it looks. So the role of a web designer is also crucial. 

Web designing is an integral part of IT industry. Every website starts with planning and documentation, after that the role of web designer started. A Web Designer is a creative professional who has strong technical skills and uses both, the creative and tech skills to design websites. A designer creates the visual elements of a website like layout, color combination, images etc.

Job and Responsibilities:
  • Meeting with clients for requirement gathering and other discussions
  • Understanding the requirements and create the sample design 
  • Show the sample design to the client and get the feedback
  • Creating the final layout of the website 
  • Working with the development team for a proper implementation of designed website
  • Stay updated with the latest technology and trends

Skills Required:
Must have skills to become a successful Web Designer:
Creative Mind: Designing is all about creativeness no matter which industry you are working. So, one should have a creative mind to become a successful web designer.
Design Software: A web designer must have strong knowledge of design software like Photoshop, Illustrator, fireworks and InDesign etc. 
HTML and CSS: The knowledge of these basic programming languages is must to become a successful web designer.
Imagination: A web designer must have a strong imagination to develop new ideas and implement them.
Design Principals: Should have knowledge of different design principles that like using less images to make page lighter, color combination should be proper etc.
Communication skills: As the designer has to communicate with the client and other teams for work, the strong communication skill is must.
Time management skill: Time is a big concern in today's business world. So time management skill also must for a web designer.
Team Player: Should be a team player as they need to work with the client and the developer team to properly implement the design.


Eligibility

A degree in IT or computer science
Diploma in designing from a reputed institution

Who should choose this career

This is not a field where only getting a degree or diploma is enough. One should be creative mind to bring new ideas and create new designs. This is the best career options who have a creative mind, love to design and can manage time also.

How to be there?

  • Get a Degree in Computer Science or IT
  • Join a short term certification or diploma course for designing from a reputed institute. These courses can be from 6 months to 1 year.
  • Make some samples for your profile
  • Start applying for jobs

Work Hours

The working hours depend on the industry you are working. Normally it's a standard 9-hour job if you are an employee of any company, but sometimes to meet the deadlines or sometimes in the emergency to prepare the new design you have to work extra hours also.

Salary

The salary for a web designer varies from company to company. A fresher can easily earn Rs. 15000 to 25,000 per month. After that, it will depend on the experience, skills you have, and the company you are working for. Top skills that impact your salary as a web designer are:
  • Photoshop
  • CorelDraw
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • HTML
  • CSS

Scope

There are huge career opportunities available for the students in this field. The scope is not limited only to the IT companies only. As the IT industry is growing and most of the business is happening online nowadays, the demand for professionals will increase with time.
A web designer can get a job in following industries:
  • IT Or Software companies
  • Media Houses
  • Advertisement agencies
  • Marketing firms
  • Educational Industry
  • Design studios
  • Teaching

One, with enough experience and skill sets can also become freelance designer and can start his/her own Design Company also.

Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Can become a freelancer web designer
  • Competitive salary
  • Not industry dependent
  • Great employment opportunities
  • Got instant feedback
Cons
  • Sometime need to work for long hours
  • Repetitive work can make it boring
  • Need to do multitasking
  • Continue learning as new technologies emerging every now and then

Tags

IT Jobs Computer Science Designing

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