Web design and development

Kate Robins, employability adviser
March, 2016

With technical skills from this practical degree, web designers and developers are attractive to employers both in and outside the IT and computing sector

Job options

Jobs directly related to your degree include:

Jobs where your degree would be useful include:

Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here.

Work experience

Experience of working on websites outside of your degree is invaluable as it will enable you to build a portfolio of your design skills and technical ability. Some degree programmes offer the option of gaining a year-long paid placement as part of your studies. You can find relevant opportunities through EDT's Year In Industry scheme.

You can also show initiative by arranging a summer placement or part-time experience yourself. Since the vast majority of businesses advertise their services or goods through the internet, there are many opportunities for this.

Community schemes are an excellent way to demonstrate you can communicate your technical knowledge to the general public. This could involve you helping someone to use the internet for the first time, or create their own website. Find out about current schemes through your local council.

Search for placements and find out more about work experience and internships.

Typical employers

There are a wealth of web design agencies that specialise in creating and maintaining websites for other organisations. If a company doesn't use these services, they usually have their own web designer or in-house team.

You may prefer to set up your own design business, or work as a freelancer.

Alternatively, your flair for design could see you working for a small design studio or an advertising firm.

Your development skills could lead to a job in software engineering, testing, or even technical writing, which can be carried out in a variety of businesses. Large IT and telecommunication companies also value these technical skills.

Find information on employers in information technology, media and internet and other job sectors.

Search for IT vacancies.

Skills for your CV

Web design and development courses provide a range of technical skills including:

  • data analysis;
  • database design;
  • digital marketing;
  • graphical and design skills;
  • software development;
  • web application development;
  • website design.

These subject-specific skills are gained through projects as well as theoretical study. In addition, the degree gives you numerous transferable skills such as:

  • communication and presentation;
  • problem solving;
  • project management;
  • research;
  • teamwork;
  • time management and organisation.

This combination of skills is sought after by employers, as well as enabling you to work as a freelancer or to start your own business.

Further study

It's possible to study a specific aspect of design, development, or another computing area in more depth through a Masters, which usually consists of taught modules and project work. Alternatively, if you want to gain a further qualification while working, a Knowledge Transfer Partnership might suit you.

Other graduates choose to study for a teaching qualification, such as a PGCE, to teach IT or computing at secondary school level or in a further education college.

For more information on further study and to find a course that interests you, see Masters degrees and search for postgraduate courses in web development.

What do web design and development graduates do?

Three of the top four jobs held by graduates employed in the UK include web design and development professional, programmers and software development professional, and graphic designer.

Further study9.7
Working and studying3.2
Graduate destinations for web design and development
Type of workPercentage
Information technology39.5
Retail, catering and bar work16.8
Arts, design and media13.4
Marketing, PR and sales4.8
Types of work entered in the UK

Find out what other graduates are doing six months after finishing their degrees in What Do Graduates Do?

Graduate destinations data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.