Why Should You Major in Web Development?

Web design and development is projected to grow 27 percent faster than other jobs in the near future, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. Web development is on its way to being one of the best career fields you can choose for your future. It is definitely the right time to choose to work in this area of IT. If you’re not sure why you should major in web development, here are some reasons to convince you.

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1.) Millennials are more and more about quality of life and work/life balance. If flexibility is high on your must-have list in a job, then web development is right for you. If you have an Internet connection and a computer, you can work. Plenty of freelance gigs are available. You would be in charge of when and where you work. Another plus of starting your own web development business is that your environmental impact is next to nothing compared with jobs for which you have to commute.

2.) Web development is definitely on the rise, and there are more jobs than there are people qualified to do them. Businesses and organizations understand how vital it is to have a solid web presence. You can work in almost any industry as a web developer, or you can freelance and work in just one or several industries. You can create a niche for yourself by focusing on one or two fields, or you can work in many.

3.) You can have a pretty good starting salary as a web developer. The BLS reported that the national median salary was $63,490 in 2014. That’s pretty good for a first job right after college graduation. Pay down your loans, and start saving money for your first house or retirement right away. In the short term, you might be able to save some money for a nice vacation. If you work for yourself, you can schedule when to go without asking your boss.

4.) You don’t necessarily have to go to college for four years to get started working as a web developer. In many cases, you can get by with just an associate’s degree. You may also be able to find a good job with a few web development certifications or classes. You should definitely finish up your bachelor’s degree so that you can up your earning potential and broaden/deepen your skill set, but you don’t have to have a diploma to get a job.

What are you waiting for? The future workforce development opportunities await.