Applicants should be computer literate and hold a high school diploma or GED. It's advised that they have completed courses like art and science.
Associate's in Applied Science (AAS) in Computer Web Development
These programs combine classroom instruction and hands-on training in lab settings. Students learn how to apply the principles and concepts of a wide range of disciplines, such as art, business, communications and computer science, to the development of websites. The versatility of this degree program allows graduates to competently confront many different entry-level professional tasks, including identifying the users of a site and facilitating its technical development, integrating databases from different information systems into a single source and employing design software to create the artistic layout of a site. Course topics may include the following:
- Computer science
- Network administration
- Web design
- Web scripting
- Graphics software
Popular Career Options
Graduates of this degree program may pursue a variety of different professional positions, including the following:
- Web developer
- Web designer
- E-commerce specialist
Employment Outlook and Salary Information
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) employment of web developers is expected to increase 27% from 2014-2024, which is much faster than average. Web developers earned a mean annual wage of $70,660 as of May 2015, and most web developers earned wages ranging from $34,770 to $116,620 (www.bls.gov).
For graduates seeking employment and/or advancement in careers that require at least a bachelor's degree for entry, such as graphic design, continuing education may be an attractive option. Graduates may apply the credits they earned during the associate's degree program toward the attainment of a bachelor's degree in computer design-related fields.
Through AAS programs in computer web development, students gain a basic understanding of the technological and artistic concepts needed to design websites. Graduates can pursue entry-level IT work or transfer to bachelor's degree programs in fields like graphic design.