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Salary Range
€38k - €70k
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In Brief...

Works on the design, layout and coding required to build and maintain a website.


  • Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Communications and Media Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
  • Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.


  • Programming Writing computer programs for various purposes.
  • Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Operations Analysis Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
  • Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

In Summary - Web Designer / Developer

Career Sectors

Web Designer / Developers typically work in the following Career Sectors:

Computers & ICT
Software & Programming
Computers & ICT
Media & Publishing

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Ronan Doherty, Web Developer

Ronan works as a Designer and Web Developer for his own company www.ansa.ie. As an Arts and Media Studies graduate from Maynooth University, Ronan's job involves developing and producing websites and its content for various client needs. He has won numerous awards for his work including a recent Spider Award.

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Further Information

The Work - Web Designer / Developer

Website designers can use a number of different ways to communicate information; this means that they use multimedia. For example, their website may have text, speech, graphics, interactive buttons, animation or video pictures.  
To create a website, designers have to think carefully about the end user. They need to achieve a balance between attractive design and delivering clear, easy to understand information. The most successful sites allow people to travel around them easily. Many designers make their websites as interactive as possible. This means that there is a two-way flow of information between the user and the website; the computer responds to the user's requests.  
Website designers may use HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) to present text and graphics; they may use other programming languages, such as Java, to add a level of interactivity to a website. Also, they may use specialist Web design tools.  
Some companies ask website designers to manage the sites they have created. They must make sure that site information is up-to-date and relevant. To do this, they work closely with colleagues, including public relations staff and software engineers.

Most commonly reported Work Tasks

  • Design, build, or maintain web sites, using authoring or scripting languages, content creation tools, management tools, and digital media.
  • Perform or direct web site updates.
  • Write, design, or edit web page content, or direct others producing content.
  • Confer with management or development teams to prioritize needs, resolve conflicts, develop content criteria, or choose solutions.
  • Back up files from web sites to local directories for instant recovery in case of problems.
  • Identify problems uncovered by testing or customer feedback, and correct problems or refer problems to appropriate personnel for correction.
  • Evaluate code to ensure that it is valid, is properly structured, meets industry standards and is compatible with browsers, devices, or operating systems.
  • Maintain understanding of current web technologies or programming practices through continuing education, reading, or participation in professional conferences, workshops, or groups.
  • Analyze user needs to determine technical requirements.
  • Develop or validate test routines and schedules to ensure that test cases mimic external interfaces and address all browser and device types.

Most commonly reported Work Activities

  • Interacting With Computers Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
  • Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
  • Thinking Creatively Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
  • Processing Information Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
  • Analyzing Data or Information Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.

Interests - Web Designer / Developer

This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:


Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.


The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.


Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be atrracted to the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design activities, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.

Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.


To be a website designer, you must have a strong interest in information technology. It is equally important to have strong design skills and be creative, enthusiastic, imaginative and artistic with an eye for colour. You should be skilled in computer languages like HTML and Java, or be willing to learn and develop these skills.  
You'll need an open mind to grasp the future potential of the Internet, and to think about the best way to use multimedia technologies like graphics, video and sound.  
Good teamwork skills are very important; you may be working closely with public relations staff, marketing departments or other IT specialists.  
Designers who work on a freelance basis need the skills to run their own business. Freelance designers also need to be able to work efficiently on their own and be self-motivated and self disciplined.

Entry Requirements - Web Designer / Developer

Pay & Salary - Web Designer / Developer

Salary Range (thousands per year)* €38k - €70k

Web Services Developer: 38 - 55
Web Designer: 40 - 70

Data Source(s):
CPL / Robert Walters / Hudson

Last Updated: February, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.

Labour Market Updates - Web Designer / Developer

This occupation has been identified as a Job in Demand by the most recent National Skills Bulletin.

As with programmers, the labour market indicators examined point to an occupation in high demand with strong employment growth and evidence that employers are having difficulties filling vacancies.

National Skills Bulletin 2018

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