Types of Jobs for College Web Design and Development Students

College students studying web design and development have an advantage that few other students can claim: it is easier for them to start working in their chosen profession before graduating from college. Because web design training requires building upon foundational knowledge, there are many types of jobs that web designers can compete for while still in school.

Companies like to hire web design students because they are generally less expensive than seasoned web designers, but are so fresh in their knowledge of design that they can do quality work in the same amount of time. By leveraging this desire to save on design costs, students of web design can easily find work.

Types of Jobs for Students

Web design and development students can do just about any web design job – provided they’ve reached this level of knowledge in their college training. A portfolio is an important component for any designer or any type, so as long as you can prove your knowledge, you have the chance to land the job you want. (Having a degree under your belt is necessary for higher paying design jobs with stricter deadlines – but while in college it’s best to keep the deadlines easy anyway!)

Job boards are the best place for student designers to find work.  According to WetFeet.com, there are four basic kinds of jobs for web designers. For students, it just depends on your level of experience so far:

Web Graphic Designer
Web graphic designer is an entry-level position that requires as much knowledge of design-tool software as it does creative energy. Web graphic designers create graphic elements for websites, including banner ads, buttons, and other navigational elements. You’ll need to know Adobe Photoshop and other design programs, and be able to create graphics that can be sized and compressed to work well in a Web environment.

A bachelor’s degree is not usually necessary, but an associate’s is certainly a plus. Of course, you must have a portfolio of work (digital and/or traditional) to show what you can do.

Web Designer
The title “Web designer” can mean many different things, from a straightforward graphic designer to one who is responsible for an entire website. In most cases a Web designer is tasked with combining the graphic, textual, and other elements of a site to create an appealing layout. This work may also include using JavaScript and other scripting devices to create dynamic effects. Generally, a BS in graphic arts or commensurate experience is required.

Multimedia/Web Designer
Multimedia Web designers are often found in large Web development team environments. Multimedia designers are responsible for creating sophisticated, content-rich presentations using applications such as Shockwave, Director, or Flash. Traditional degrees are not usually required, but demonstrated proficiency with the programs, and a good portfolio, are necessary.

User Interface Designer
The UI designer is responsible for the overall experience that visitors to a site will have, including layout, presentation, and navigation. Being a UI designer involves a great deal of interaction with marketing and other departments as you work to present the right corporate image and make sure your site is “on message.” UI designers also need skills and knowledge in the areas of aesthetics and human factors such as usability and accessibility-they make sure a site is clear, concise, and easy to use. A BS or MS in some sort of design field is usually required.”

(Read: More Info on Web Design Careers at Wetfeet.com)