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Website Designer
Curriculum code 1434

Course Requirements                    Information Management Systems Web site Gainful Employment Information

This certificate is designed for the computer user who has strong skills in Microsoft Windows navigation and computer application packages. Students who are interested in beginning a career in Web site design and who do not possess these prerequisite skills should meet with the department chair or coordinator to plan appropriate course selections. This program prepares students for positions as Web site designers.

Nature of Work—This program is designed to qualify you as an entry-level Web designer. Web designers must be able to work effectively with others, must be flexible and creative, must be self-motivated time managers, and must be able to apply Web site creation languages and software tools appropriate to each new project. Designers use tools such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Flash and Microsoft Expression Web. In addition, a designer must also be well versed in XHTML, cascading style sheets and Javascript.

Related Job Titles—Junior Web site designer and Web site design assistant.

Employment Outlook—Based on the fact that Web sites exist in virtually all companies, schools, businesses and organizations, employment in this field is expected to be excellent. In addition, the development of new Web sites, along with continuous redesigning of Web sites, means job growth will continue to occur. Those who have formal training can expect to fare well with employment opportunities that range from large, major corporations to smaller businesses, and not-for-profit entities such as educational institutions, civic groups and community organizations. Flexible working conditions also include opportunities to be part of a company's payroll, serve in the capacity as an independent consultant, work for an agency contracted by a company, or work from home. Varying factors, such as type of employer and location, affect actual salaries. According to salary.com, Web site designers earnings range from $52,421 to 87,445 locally. Source: salary.com

For job and internship listings and job search assistance, contact the Job Resource Center, Student Services Center, S202, at (708) 974-5737. www.morainevalley.edu/jrc.

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