Website Development

Web development refers to the process of designing, building, and maintaining a website. This can range from projects as simple as a single web page – to those larger in scope, such as an entire social network or application. Though coding, web markup, and visual design are often the first aspects of web development that come to mind, the field encompasses a wide variety of complex tasks; including cyber security, e-commerce development, content management, and server configuration.

Lumify Learn’s ICT40120 – Certificate IV in Information Technology (Web Development) is a foundational look into the basics of the field, with units that touch on both the technical and soft skill aspects of the profession. Students will learn every starter concept, from introductory programming and website design to cyber security management and search engine optimisation. You’ll gain familiarity with the web development process from concept to launch, and develop the transferable skills required to work with ICT clients, work collaboratively, and apply critical thought.

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Aspiring web developers typically require a formal qualification or two to find employment in this field. According to Labour Market Insights, these can include credentials in web design, digital media, digital design, and other related sectors. While university degrees are a common study pathway, vocational education and training (VET) courses are also a popular choice – providing students with a highly flexible, affordable option towards building the skills they need.

Lumify Learn offers such courses at varying skill levels (boot camp, certificate, and diploma-level training), comprised of widely recognised qualifications to help you stand out in the job market.

However, training web developers are also recommended to pursue their own personal projects – helping them build and explore their skills through practical experience. Internships are also an effective way of achieving this, helping you apply your training to an actual workplace environment, while building your connections with new peers and potential employers in the industry.

Lumify Learn’s web development courses delve into all the fundamental programming languages required for a successful career in the field. These include:

  • HTML

  • CSS

  • Javascript

  • MySQL

  • React

  • MongoDB with NoSQL

  • Python

Depending on your course level, you’ll learn to apply these languages to various processes in web development, including:

  • Designing website layouts

  • Creating markup language documents

  • Developing website scripts

  • Building, managing, and integrating databases with websites

  • Implementing SEO practices

  • Designing digital applications

  • Implementing cyber security practices

  • Developing web-based programs

Website development refers to the entire process of building a website – from its design, to its construction, to its maintenance stage. The field comprises three main roles: front-end web development, back-end web development, and full-stack web development.

Front-end web development primarily focuses on the client-facing elements of a website. This includes its interface, navigational buttons, and any multimedia features.

Back-end web development zeroes in on the server-side elements of a webpage – such as the scripting, databases, and general architectural features that keep it up and running. This particular role concentrates on managing the behind-the-scenes activities that take place when interactions (i.e. online purchases, file-sharing, navigation) occur on the site.

Finally, full-stack web development combines both areas into a single role. Full-stack web developers have the advanced skillset to design and develop complete websites and web applications, making them highly valuable professionals in any IT setting.

While Lumify Learn cannot guarantee any job outcomes, our web development courses provide an effective launchpad for standing out in the job market.

Potential career paths include:

Front-end, back-end, or full-stack web development. With web development programs primarily focused on the specific skills required of the field, you’ll build your chances of finding employment among these roles. Those who enjoy the more visual aspects of the field may best find success through front-end positions, those who work well with databases and networks may prefer back-end tasks, and those seeking to be “all-rounders” may pursue opportunities in the full-stack department.

Software and application developers. Much of the programming, database, and cyber security skills you build through our courses can also set you down a path in software or application development. These professionals work to create programs based on a specific business’ needs, overseeing the design, creation, troubleshooting, and documentation stages of the process.

Cyber security specialist. With some of our course subjects touching on IT security practices, you’ll build yourself the basic knowledge to continue pursuing further training in the field. As mentioned, a thorough knowledge of cyber security can greatly bolster your web development career – as the field heavily relies on the skills to secure any data stored or transmitted through a website.

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Why Study Web Development?

With most (if not all) businesses reliant on websites and online applications to boost their market presence, web development has soared in talent demand over the last decade.

The Australian web design services market currently sits at $1.2 billion AUD as of 2022, a far cry from its size of $951 million in 2012 (according to recent data by IBIS World). Job growth, as reported by SEEK statistics, is also expected to rise at a sharp increase of 25% over the next five years, breeding plenty of new opportunities for those looking to enter the industry.

With over half of the global population reliant on the internet, the need for web developers is here to stay. Businesses without an online presence will likely falter against modern competition, requiring the constant skills, expertise, and creativity of those in the web development. There’s therefore no better time than now to enter this exciting industry – and you’ve got the flexibility to work in varying business fields and specialties, to boot.

As companies grow all the more dependent on cyberspace to reach new markets and expand their digital brand, web developers are sure to stay well in demand for years to come. Because of this, the industry also offers a generous salary to those with the right skills, with the current average annual pay sitting at $62,429 AUD. Pay is also bound to increase as one’s experience grows.

Additionally, the field offers plenty of job flexibility for those who enjoy working at a part-time, freelance, or work-from-home basis. Since most professionals merely rely on a working computer and stable internet connection to carry out their tasks, they’re likely to take their work anywhere they please. It’s also an industry that rewards those with a creative mind and a flair for the visual, merging both technical and artistic skill.

On top of all this, you’ll gain skills transferable to other sectors of IT, should you wish to explore other opportunities in tech. Programming, database management, cyber security, and graphic design are all touched upon in web development – fundamental skills required of other tech roles, such as those in software development, networking, and cloud computing.

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