A webmaster designs, builds and maintains websites. Webmasters also evaluate and update websites, solve problems and make websites run faster.
Students with a high school diploma or GED can enter associate's degree programs in webmaster education, which train students in the basic concepts and principles to become a webmaster. Students learn a variety of skills necessary to succeed in the field and become familiar with HTML, XML, search engine optimization, Adobe technologies and various website building software. They may also have to be competent in database technologies like Microsoft Access, SQL Server and MySQL. Programs are typically 30-60 credit hours long and take between one and two years to complete.
Associate's Degrees in Webmaster Education
Programs in web development focus on the design and programming practices for websites. The coursework of these programs requires a good grasp of mathematics and computer science. Students can expect to first spend time learning in the classroom and then apply that knowledge to make actual websites. As such, the curriculum focuses on hands-on projects. Some classes that might appear in the curriculum are:
- HTML coding
- Adobe Photoshop
- Web hosting
Employment Outlook and Salary Information
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov) predicted that the employment rate for web developers, including webmasters, will grow 27%, which is much faster than the national average for all occupations, from 2014 to 2024, due to an increasing number of new businesses starting online or established 'traditional' businesses developing websites, as well as an increase in the use of mobile devices. The BLS reported that web developers made a median annual salary of $64,970 as of May 2015. The lowest-paid web developers earned less than $34,770, while the highest-paid earned upwards of $116,620 that year.
With an increase in job availability, this is a promising time for webmasters. Associate's degrees focusing on specific webmaster skills are available for those wishing to pursue this career path.