Web design is an exciting field that involves a variety of skills and specialties. These can broadly broken down into the following areas:
Graphic design: An understanding of layout, design and color is required. Familiarity with such tools as Photoshop and Illustrator. Graphic designers should also understand the basics of HTML and CSS. Content production: Good writing and editing skills for the particular needs of web writing.
Website administration: Understanding of server configurations and database management. Ability to work with programmers, graphic designers and content producers.
Marketing: An understanding of client needs and how the web can help them meet their goals. Knowl- edge of search engine optimization as well as how the web can be integrated with print, radio, TV and word of mouth marketing.
Salaries vary depending on skill level and where a web designer is located. According to Payscale.com salaries range from about $25,000 to $67,000 a year.
Some useful web links related to careers in web design:
Careers in Web Design: http://webdesign.about.com/od/jobs/u/getajob.htm
Careers in Web Design: http://www.collegemajorsthatwork.com/2010/careers-in-web-design/
Web Design Careers: http://www.webdesigncareers.org/
7 Tips To Start a Web Design Career: http://designmodo.com/7-tips-to-start-a-web-design-career/
Graphic Artists Guild: https://www.graphicartistsguild.org/
The HTML Writers Guild: http://www.hwg.org/
A List Apart: http://www.alistapart.com/
Signal vs. Noise: http://37signals.com/svn/
They created the attractive and user-friendly template for the Museum’s about-to-be-launched online exhibition as well as the design for many of our exhibition panels. They’re smart, reliable, pleasant to work with, technically savvy, and able to talk to and train people like me who are not very web-literate.
— Peg Strobel, Former Director, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum