Web Application Developer

Dive into the day-to-day responsibilities and required skills of a web application developer. Learn about industry growth, employment opportunity, and salary potential for those in Australia.


Web application developers are manage, maintain, and design all elements of a web application. This involves both the appearance of a website, along with technical aspects such as speed, space allocation, and content features.

Such professionals oversee every stage of the application’s development; and may sometimes work within a team, or independently under employer supervision. They may also be labelled as “web designers” if capable of doing both front-end and back-end development.

Employment for web developers is expected to grow very strongly in the coming years – from 15,000 in 2018 to 18,000 in 2023.

Key Skills

  • Fluency in common developer languages such as HTML or PHP

  • Skills in software programming and scripting languages – along with an eye for artistic, professional site design

  • Well-versed in site design and development strategies for the internet

  • Sharp critical thinking skills and a keen eye for detail – required in testing, modifying, debugging, and documenting code

  • Excellent communication skills for corresponding with supervisors, web designers, and content producers

  • Ability to develop new ideas and concepts; and clearly express them

Quick Facts

Most web developers work full-time hours, with plenty of opportunity across most regions of Australia (with Victoria holding the largest share of workers). Those with a high-level interest in programming and multimedia creation are best suited for a role in this field.

Salary Range

$50,000 - $108,000 (Median: $72,000)*

Average Weekly Hours

42 hours (vs. all jobs average of 44 hours)*

Main Industries

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services; Information Media and Telecommunications and Education and Training

Most Common Qualification Level

47.8% hold a Bachelor’s Degree*


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*Sources: payscale.com.au and joboutlook.gov.au – All information is to be used as a guide only, and are accurate at the time of publication.