|Associate of Applied Science|
CIS, General / Web Design
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If you would like to be a Web designer, either to create your own website or to work for companies, the Web Design program will help you get the training you need to begin or advance your career. The degree is designed to focus on the technical, creative and relevant business knowledge required for this field by combining technical web design courses with business, management and general education courses. Students will become equipped with the web design, e-commerce, and authoring skills necessary to advance into an entry-level career. Those working in this field will not only require good creativity, conceptual, and visual skills, but also require specialized training in high-tech software and computers, e-commerce, scripting and authoring to be competitive and successful.
This career path can lead to a wide variety of job positions, including:
- Webmaster / Web administrator
- Web designer
- Web developer
- Multimedia specialist
Job openings requiring Web development and design skills are expanding as fast as the World Wide Web itself. The number of all Internet-related jobs is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations in the next decade as more and more companies use the Internet to do business. Web page designers and webmasters work for all kinds of businesses, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and governmental agencies.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook:
- The middle half of all network systems and data communications analysts — which include webmasters — earned between $46,480 and $78,060 in 2004 (the last year for which figures were available).
- The highest 10 percent of employees in that category made more than $95,040.
According to America’s Career Infonet:
- Multimedia artists and animators — who use a variety of electronic tools and media to create special effects for computer games, movies, music videos and commercials — in Texas earned a median hourly wage of $20.35 in 2004, or a median annual salary of $42,300.
- The top 75 percent of employees in that job category earned a median annual salary of $47,300 and the top 95 percent, $68,000.
Earthweb’s 2007 IT Salary Guide lists 2007 average national salaries for senior Web developers in 2007 as $71,000 to $102,000. The site lists average salaries for a number of today’s tech jobs, as well as the fastest-growing IT jobs and top certification categories in the country.
Class / Course Information: Please refer to the current Howard College Catalog.