This is a fact that led U.S. News and World report to name web developer jobs as one of the best jobs for 2012; within that genre it is easy to see why web design majors, website masters, and web and graphic design graduates are gaining so much success.
Reports that web design jobs are consistently climbing year after year isn’t exactly new news, but it is worth revisiting the trends to see exactly how far the discipline has come in the last couple of years. The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics reported that the nation should continue to expect growth, projecting a 21% increase in jobs for web developers and web designers between 2010 and 2020; far exceeding the average growth rate of other careers in the country.
Web developers earned almost $80,000 on average in 2010 and the top 10% of those earned $119,000. On the lower end of the spectrum, even those with basic web design school training and no development education were earning more than $40,000 a year.
So, where was the work for web design and developer school graduates? Interestingly, the U.S. News and World Report says that web design graduates can hit a sweet spot in their income brackets working in the industrial complex. Developers and designers working in metal manufacturing, railway transportation, and semiconductor manufacturing made the most money in the last couple of years.
There is certainly no shortage of opportunity out there, but web design school graduates are well-advised to be prepared to relocate to an area where their skills are needed. The report also says that web design and development jobs for school graduates are most plentiful in San Jose and San Francisco, CA; and Trenton-Swing, NJ.