I Am a Web Designer / Developer, But Read the Job Description
April 22, 2013
I’ve been a web designer / developer for almost 15 years. Wow, that's a long time to have a single job title. But technology changes so much, even within a small corner of it, that the job title (or, at the very least, the description of it) changes too. SO READ THE JOB DESCRIPTION, NOT JUST THE TITLE.
I’ve been a web designer / developer for almost 15 years. Wow, that’s a long time to have a single job title. But technology changes so much, even within a small corner of it, that the job title (or, at the very least, the description of it) changes too.
Job title, no, job description
At the beginning, 15 years ago, the job description would have probably included:
- Maybe that’s it???
- Table-less web design
- CSS (tables are gone, except for table data)
- HTML (5)
- CSS (3)
- Responsive design
- Grid layouts
- Knowledge of CMS frameworks (like Drupal or WordPress or one of the other 100’s out there)
- Server side programming (like PHP, Ruby, Java, .NET or one of the other 1000’s out there)
- Version control (like Git/Github, CVS, SVN or one of the other 100’s out there)
- Server OS installation and maintenance (*nix)
- Database installation and maintenance (MySQL, PostgreSQL, even Oracle)
- Content Strategist
- Information Architect
- Usability Testing
- Performance Testing
- Knowledge of 508
This list could go on and on.
The point is change
I’m definitely not claiming to be an expert in all or any of these. But I have definitely dabbled in all of it over the past few years.
I have to. I have to keep up. I’ve also realized that I’m getting older and it won’t be long until some young whipper-snapper can take my place.
Ok, now I have a headache and have realized I have to get back to work because I have a lot of web designing, developing, installing (uninstalling), testing, content migrating, usability testing, performance testing, database configuring, information architecting, command-lining to do.
I’ll keep it because I like it
So I’ll keep my job title, please just realize that calling me a web designer / developer means a lot more these days.
** NOTE: None of this is a complaint. I love what I do. I am lucky that way.