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15-1255.00 - Web and Digital Interface Designers

Design digital user interfaces or websites. Develop and test layouts, interfaces, functionality, and navigation menus to ensure compatibility and usability across browsers or devices. May use web framework applications as well as client-side code and processes. May evaluate web design following web and accessibility standards, and may analyze web use metrics and optimize websites for marketability and search engine ranking. May design and test interfaces that facilitate the human-computer interaction and maximize the usability of digital devices, websites, and software with a focus on aesthetics and design. May create graphics used in websites and manage website content and links.

Sample of reported job titles: Technology Applications Engineer, Web Architect, Web Design Specialist, Web Designer, Web Developer, Webmaster

Also see: Video Game Designers

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Tasks

  • Collaborate with management or users to develop e-commerce strategies and to integrate these strategies with Web sites. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Collaborate with web development professionals, such as front-end or back-end developers, to complete the full scope of web development projects. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Communicate with network personnel or Web site hosting agencies to address hardware or software issues affecting Web sites. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Conduct user research to determine design requirements and analyze user feedback to improve design quality. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Confer with management or development teams to prioritize needs, resolve conflicts, develop content criteria, or choose solutions. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Create searchable indices for Web page content. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Create Web models or prototypes that include physical, interface, logical, or data models. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Design, build, or maintain Web sites, using authoring or scripting languages, content creation tools, management tools, and digital media. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Develop and document style guidelines for Web site content. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Develop new visual design concepts and modify concepts based on stakeholder feedback. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Develop or implement procedures for ongoing Web site revision. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Develop system interaction or sequence diagrams. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Develop Web site maps, application models, image templates, or page templates that meet project goals, user needs, or industry standards. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Develop, validate, and document test routines and schedules to ensure that test cases mimic external interfaces and address all browser and device types. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Direct and execute pre-production activities, such as creating moodboards or storyboards and establishing a project timeline. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Document technical factors such as server load, bandwidth, database performance, and browser and device types. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Identify or maintain links to and from other Web sites and check links to ensure proper functioning. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Identify problems uncovered by testing or customer feedback, and correct problems or refer problems to appropriate personnel for correction. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Incorporate technical considerations into Web site design plans, such as budgets, equipment, performance requirements, or legal issues including accessibility and privacy. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Maintain understanding of current Web technologies or programming practices through continuing education, reading, or participation in professional conferences, workshops, or groups. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform or direct Web site updates. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform Web site tests according to planned schedules, or after any Web site or product revision. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Provide clear, detailed descriptions of Web site specifications, such as product features, activities, software, communication protocols, programming languages, and operating systems software and hardware. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Register Web sites with search engines to increase Web site traffic. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Research and apply innovative solutions for product design, visuals, and user experience to meet the needs of individual web development projects. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Research, document, rate, or select alternatives for Web architecture or technologies. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Respond to user email inquiries, or set up automated systems to send responses. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Select programming languages, design tools, or applications. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Write and edit technical documentation for digital interface products and designs, such as user manuals, testing protocols, and reports. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Write supporting code for Web applications or Web sites. See more occupations related to this task.

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Technology Skills

  • Analytical or scientific software — IBM SPSS Statistics Hot technology ; SAS Hot technology ; The MathWorks MATLAB Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Application server software — Docker Hot technology ; GitHub Hot technology ; Oracle WebLogic Server Hot technology ; Spring Boot Hot technology (see all 5 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Business intelligence and data analysis software — IBM Cognos Impromptu Hot technology ; Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition Hot technology ; Qlik Tech QlikView Hot technology ; Tableau Hot technology (see all 5 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Communications server software — IBM Domino See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Configuration management software — Chef; Perforce Helix software; Puppet Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Content workflow software — Atlassian JIRA Hot technology ; Sitecore CMS See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Customer relationship management CRM software — Oracle Eloqua; Salesforce software Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base management system software — Amazon DynamoDB; Amazon Kinesis; Apache Hadoop Hot technology ; Teradata Database Hot technology (see all 14 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base reporting software — Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services Hot technology ; SAP Crystal Reports Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base user interface and query software — Data entry software Hot technology ; IBM Informix; MarkLogic; Microsoft Access Hot technology (see all 14 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data mining software — Google Analytics Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Desktop publishing software — Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign Hot technology ; Microsoft Publisher See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Development environment software — C; Microsoft Visual Basic Hot technology ; Microsoft Visual SourceSafe; Subversion (see all 21 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Document management software — Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Electronic mail software — IBM Notes Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Enterprise application integration software — Common gateway interface CGI; Extensible markup language XML Hot technology ; Extensible stylesheet language XSL; IBM InfoSphere DataStage (see all 8 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software Hot technology — Microsoft Dynamics Hot technology ; NetSuite ERP Hot technology ; Oracle Fusion Applications; SAP Hot technology (see all 6 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Enterprise system management software — IBM Power Systems software; Splunk Enterprise Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Expert system software — Ansible software Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • File versioning software — Apache Subversion SVN Hot technology ; Git Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Financial analysis software — Delphi Technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Graphical user interface development software — Salesforce Visualforce Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Graphics or photo imaging software — Adobe Systems Adobe Creative Cloud Hot technology ; Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop Hot technology ; Microsoft Visio Hot technology ; Trimble SketchUp Pro Hot technology (see all 8 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Metadata management software — CA Erwin Data Modeler See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Network monitoring software — Nagios Hot technology ; Wireshark Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Object or component oriented development software — Apache Spark; Apple Cocoa; C++ Hot technology ; Python Hot technology (see all 18 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Object oriented data base management software — Hibernate ORM; PostgreSQL Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Office suite software — Google Drive Hot technology ; Microsoft Office Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Operating system software — Android; Linux Hot technology ; Microsoft Windows Hot technology ; Microsoft Windows Server Hot technology (see all 15 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Portal server software — Apache HTTP Server Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Program testing software — Hewlett Packard LoadRunner; JUnit Hot technology ; Selenium Hot technology ; Travis See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Project management software — Atlassian Confluence; Confluence Hot technology ; Microsoft Project Hot technology ; Microsoft SharePoint Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Requirements analysis and system architecture software — Unified modeling language UML Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Transaction server software — Customer information control system CICS; Microsoft Internet Information Service IIS See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Web page creation and editing software — Adobe Systems Adobe Dreamweaver See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Web platform development software — Hypertext markup language HTML Hot technology ; JavaScript Hot technology ; RequireJS; Zend Framework (see all 39 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Google Docs Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.

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Tools Used

  • Computer servers — Application servers; Web servers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • High capacity removable media drives — Universal serial bus USB flash drives See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers — Laptop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Design websites or web applications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Develop specifications or procedures for website development or maintenance. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Update website content. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Collaborate with others to resolve information technology issues. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Conduct research to gain information about products or processes. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Create images or other visual displays. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Develop models of information or communications systems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Document design or development procedures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare graphics or other visual representations of information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Test software performance. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyze operational data to evaluate operations, processes or products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Collaborate with others to determine design specifications or details. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Collaborate with others to develop or implement marketing strategies. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Develop detailed project plans. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Develop diagrams or flow charts of system operation. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Develop testing routines or procedures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Document network-related activities or tasks. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Gather customer or product information to determine customer needs. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Implement design or process improvements. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Provide customer service to clients or users. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Provide technical support for computer network issues. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Resolve computer software problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Supervise information technology personnel. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Troubleshoot issues with computer applications or systems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Update knowledge about emerging industry or technology trends. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Write computer programming code. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Write reports or evaluations. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Credentials

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wage data for Web Developers and Digital Interface Designers.
Employment data for Web Developers and Digital Interface Designers.
Industry data for Web Developers and Digital Interface Designers.

Median wages (2019) $35.46 hourly, $73,760 annual
State wages
Local wages
 
Employment (2019) 174,300 employees
Projected growth (2019-2029) Much faster than average (8% or higher) Much faster than average (8% or higher)
Projected job openings (2019-2029) 13,400
State trends
 
Top industries (2019)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2019 wage data external site and 2019-2029 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2019-2029). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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