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Web Coordinator: Job Description & Career Info

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Should I Become a Web Coordinator?

Also referred to as network administrators or webmasters, web coordinators help to administer, manage, and develop websites and web activities for organizations and businesses. They determine needs, install software and hardware, add network users, solve problems, and train users. Overtime work might be involved in some cases. PayScale.com reported a median annual salary of $52,791 in January 2016 for web producers/managers/coordinators.

Career Requirements

Degree Level Certificate, diploma, or bachelor's degree
Degree Fields Related field, such as web programming, computer science, or information science
Experience 1-2 years of related experience typically required
Certification Voluntary professional certification is available
Key Skills Ability to use operating system, web platform development, application server, and web page creation software; technical proficiency with content management system (CMS), JavaScript, HTML, CSS, graphic design, and programming
Salary (2016)* $52,791 per year (median salary for web producers/managers/coordinators)

Sources: Online job postings (January 2013), International Webmasters Association (IWA), O*Net Online, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, *Payscale.com (January 2016)

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Steps to Become a Web Coordinator

Let's take a look at the steps required to become a web coordinator:

Step 1: Attain Training in Web Development/Design or a Related Field

Many vocational schools, universities, adult education course providers, and community colleges offer certificate and diploma courses in web development, management, and design. In some cases, a certificate or diploma is all that someone may need to become a web coordinator.

Programs like the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Web Design and Interactive Media, B.S. in Web Design and Development, or Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Web Design in New Media can offer the necessary training for prospective coordinators interested in earning a bachelor's degree. Those who have associate's or bachelor's degrees in a field unrelated to website management can also benefit from these programs because they don't require students to earn a second degree, but allow them to complete only the necessary courses.

Success Tip:

  • Develop strong communication and marketing skills. It may be advantageous for prospective web coordinators to obtain education in areas like social media, teamwork, and client relations. Many positions involve working with people along with computers. Explore any opportunities to take courses in these areas while pursing education.

Step 2: Gain Work Experience

Prospective coordinators typically need at least 1-2 years of experience. The duties of an entry-level web coordinator, sometimes known as a webmaster, vary by employer. In some cases, the web coordinator is responsible for managing every aspect of an organization's website and online presence. In other cases, the web coordinator may be responsible for a specific aspect of a company's website, such as managing and increasing site traffic.

Depending on the resources and budget of the employer, a web coordinator may be responsible for designing and maintaining a website, updating content, and managing social media accounts. In situations where web content and technology management is outsourced or distributed among different departments in an organization, the website coordinator may be the point person in charge of communicating with contractors and employees to ensure website quality.

Success Tips:

  • Take advantage of additional training. Once employed, take advantage of any on-the-job training in additional areas of web development, design, or coordination. Additional knowledge in programs and languages used in the industry, like HTML, XML, JavaScript, SQL, and Flash can advance a career in web coordination.

  • Earn certification. Some professional organizations and software vendors offer certification programs for web professionals. One example is the Certified Web Professional (CWP) credential offered by the IWA. The CWP credential doesn't require experience for certification at the associate level; coordinators interested in the specialist levels will need at least two years of full-time experience.

Step 3: Become a Manager

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, network administrators can become IT managers once they gain sufficient experience. Computer and information systems managers help to determine a company's computer needs. As managers, they call the shots in terms of information technology.

To become a web coordinator, you'll need some formal training and a year or two of experience.

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