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Thread: Degree/Certificate for Web Development

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2009

    Degree/Certificate for Web Development

    Hello, I'm currently a student at community college.
    I am still in that beginning of entering this web development field.
    My college offers Web Development Certificate which can be completed in 2 semesters.
    I plan to transfer to a university to earn Bachelor's Arts in Information Technology.
    They do not have Bachelor's Science. They said Computer Science would be the extended of Information Technology degree they offer.

    To get a job as web developer or back-end, how is this academic choice going to affect me?
    (company or wherever)
    Thank you.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Hi greentea,

    Not that I myself am qualified to give careers advice but here's my thought for what it's worth.

    I know lots of people in the web development industry that have gone into it (and make a good living out of it) by extending what was no more than I hobby. Sometimes they have backgrounds in design but often they have backgrounds in general programming or even business consultancy.

    Moreover, the barriers to entry into web development are pretty low so as to be irrelevent; all that counts is your personal skillset that you can bring to the job. Abilities such as being able to interpret "customer" needs (whether that's a paying customer or your own marketing department) are real assets ... and you're not necessarily going to learn that in *any* degree course!

    As someone who has employed web developers (note: developers, not designers!) in the past I have seen CS BA students command a higher salary but they often failed at front line work with clients.

    I hope that helps a little. Good luck with your career and keep visiting to let us all know how you're getting on.


    David McLeary
    Emerging Innovations
    Website Development, Training and Consultancy

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