Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc. (EMSI) projects the following job growth in the web development industry for the period from 2015-2020:
- 18.7% in California
- 7.1% in the Cerro Coso service area
Additionally, statewide academic completions are not keeping pace with the demand, which means that prospects are very good for gainful employment in this field. Average earnings for web developers in California are $29.41/hour.
In 2011, A List Apart conducted large scale survey (~15,000 participants) on many facets of working in the Web industry. You are encouraged to read the entire study, but the following are some highlights.
Web Professionals’ Description of Their Own Job Title
- Developer (scripting and programming): 39%
- Web Designer: 11%
- [Graphic] Designer: 9%
- Interface Designer: 6%
- Project Manager: 4%
- Creative Director: 4%
- Webmaster: 3%
- 87% of web professionals are excited about the field.
- 31% have worked in the web industry more than 10 years.
Type of Employment
- 61% are employed by a company or non-profit
- 26% are self employed
- 8% are a partner in a small business
- 52% work 40-49 hours per week, 19% work 30-39 hours per week.
- 24% make $40K – $60K, 18% make $60K – $80K
- 74% believe that age discrimination probably does not or definitely does not effect them in this field.
- 90% believe that gender discrimination probably does not or definitely does not effect them in this field.
- 94% believe that ethnic discrimination probably does not or definitely does not effect them in this field.
- 58% have an Associates or Bachelor’s degree
- 19% have some college
- 14% have a Master’s degree
- 54% said that education is relevant some or a lot.