Question: What Degree Do You Need To Be A Web Developer?

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I am thinking of becoming a Web Developer. What Degree should I go for? And how can I build my portfolio to get a job as a Web Developer? -Ian For Dummies …

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  1. The Degree I'm pursuing is a AAS in New Media Technology it's basically a degree that's focused on Web/Mobile development with a few Business and Video production courses thrown in.

  2. I found it more beneficial to get a BS degree in Human Computer Interaction. Found this to be more disciplined in the way I learned. It not only provided the basics to build off of the fundamentals of web dev coding but also the UI / UX design theory. I had previously been into web dev for about 15 yrs but getting the design theory gave me more perspective.

  3. If you're not already into Graphic Design, a Graphic Design school is a huge help in web development, but as far as the languages themselves go, you won't learn that in most schools. At the very most, you'll learn the syntax. Things change on the web so frequently that curriculums can not stay updated, so codecademy, or something like that, is honestly the best way to go.

    I learned on W3Schools because its all we had years back, the rest was just open source, investigate, build something similar until i got the jist of how to build that type of thing. There are plenty of courses on the internet, both paid and free. Consider your modem your university, its the best there is.

  4. i'm about to finish my associates in graphics and multimedia. we learned the basics of adobe muse and html. i am very experienced in graphic design. do i know enough to pursue web developing with basic knowledge or is that not enough?

  5. Well, I don't think you'll need a "DEGREE" to be a web developer. Based on my Experience, I learned HTML,CSS, JS, PHP, SQL and Ajax by myself without learning it at school. It can be self-learned. 🙂

  6. I'm interested in program and Web Development for gaming and Android mobile platforms. What kind of degree is best for this? I've recently changed college career path from healthcare to computing. Need direction!

  7. So Eli, what do you think about having a degree in Computer Science/Programming also including a certificate in Mobile Programming? Do you think mobile programming complements or is helpful towards a Computer Science Bachelors degree and Computer Programming Associates degree. How about I just ask, what kind of certificates, minors or second majors would you suggest? I want to do Computer Science and Computer Programming, then eventually obtain a Bachelors in Software Engineering along the way. Except, I don't know what other degrees I should obtain as well. What do you think companies look for?

  8. its true that money is everything in fact as long as you have good payment but a lot of people wont support a freelance job other companies destroyed us and dont pay us a good money to continue as an employer at all 🙁

  9. if you wanna start out as a developer. Pick a langauge. then, learn fundamentals like OOP, and more advance stuff like design patterns and functional programming. you'll be unstoppable.

  10. I stated teaching myself coding in C# 2 years ago and building apps from scratch. Despite the fact that a have done few and currently building weather app got to say that it's too hard form me. I feel like I'm struggling too much with it. I was wandering if I start teaching myself Front end-web development how much time I would take to get a job?

  11. I would say that it depends on what kind of web development they want to pursue. If they're going for front end, pamphlet style work (good money in that) then a CS degree, or any degree really would be overkill. the occasional one week course or conference on user interface standards is really all you need to keep up to date with style changes. Back-end development, however, can be just as complex as any other platform. CS degree, I feel, can be extremely helpful if you're having to deal with issues such as workload and performance improvements. I've pulled out my notes for datatypes and algorithm classes a few times.

    The issue with CS degrees is that you're taught such a broad range of subjects that it'll always feel like over half of the classes were a waste. This is because the degree fits such a large number of jobs and roles. Choose embedded systems? Then you won't need half the classes you were taught. Choose data mining? Then you won't need the other half of those classes that helps someone with embedded systems. It'll also make it easier when looking for a job. Unless you're starting your own company. You don't need any kind of degree to start your own company. Just happy clients.

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