What is a Web Developer?
Depending on who you ask, a web developer is the lifeblood of the internet, slaving away in front of a monitor and keyboard, pouring their blood, sweat, and tears into the digital landscape to amuse, inform, and connect us to each other. Of course, a simpler, more mundane answer would be that they build and maintain websites–but that does not sound nearly as important.
However, regardless of the description, web developers are important. In fact, they are probably one of the most important groups of professionals we have in our world today.
In terms of sheer economic power, the internet is one of the fastest growing markets and is quickly integrating itself into every facet of our daily lives to the point that it is, or will soon, become inextricable from a healthy, modern society. In fact, the internet accounts for a massive $175 billion–with a “B”–economic value.
Moreover, in terms of time spent, because time is money after all, the internet constitutes another $680 billion in economic value. Though, the quality of that value may sometimes be questionable, like, for say, when your aunt tries to search tuna casserole recipes in her Facebook status updates.
Still, the world wide net profit that the internet is expected to contribute between 2013 and 2022–just 4 short years from now–is a staggering $14.4 trillion–this time with a “T.” Actually, come to think of it, maybe my time would be better spent getting into web development instead of content creation…
Regardless, the job of a web developer is vital, not only to our personal lives but to the world economy as well. Should the internet go, we would quickly go with it.
That is why web developers have to learn a myriad set of skills in order to do their jobs. Moreover, the jobs themselves involve a dizzying amount of tasks and responsibilities.