How to become a Web Designer

Web Designers use a range of skills to build, redesign and maintain websites for their clients. Using both creative and technical skills they generate websites that are functional, meet the needs of different businesses and organisations, are aesthetically appealing and user friendly.

If you’re creative with a flair for graphic design and the ability to see the bigger picture, then this could be a great career for you to consider.


About you:


  • Great technical skills including coding, graphic design, UX, design software and devices; strong maths skills could be beneficial too
  • Impressive communication skills as you’ll need to ascertain your client’s requirements, and SEO, content writing and marketing are also important aspects of this job
  • Organised, great at managing your time efficiently, and happy to constantly update your knowledge and skills


The job:


  • Provide advice and ideas, then design concepts to meet customer’s needs
  • Do research and analysis of suitable technical requirements
  • Detail and document plans and layouts for client approval
  • Write and edit codes and content
  • Design or supervise development of websites and problem solve issues that arise
  • Maintain, update and back up regularly


Lifestyle Impact: Low


  • Part Time opportunities: Moderate – around 30% of Web Designers work part-time (source:
  • Average hours for full-time workers: 43 hours a week, which is average (source:
  • Web Designers’ salary (average) $70,000* per year (source: *Salaries vary depending on your skills and experience.
  • Future career growth: Strong (source:
  • You will be doing most of your work indoors, in an office environment. There is a great amount of flexibility, as most of your work can be done remotely or from home on computers.


Web Designers are most in demand in these locations:


Web Designers are most in demand in New South Wales and Victoria. Most Web Designers work in the Professional, Scientific and Technical Services industry.


How to become a Web Designer in Australia


Formal qualifications aren’t essential to becoming a Web Designer in Australia, if you choose to pursue this career without qualifications you’ll need to get extensive experience and amass a great portfolio of works. Qualifications could fast track your career.


Step 1 – Strong maths skills could make life easier in this job, so make sure you study hard at school. You don’t have to focus entirely on tech or IT subjects, but they can be beneficial.


Step 2 – Learn to code. If this isn’t offered at your school you can learn online or attend extracurricular classes and workshops. Focus on HTML and CSS, but learning JavaScript, XML, PHP and other languages is also advantageous.


Step 3 – Get experience of all kinds. Find work experience placements, work on design projects at school, create your own website, volunteer to work on or design websites for other people and organisations.


Step 4 – Start building a portfolio of your work, build on it and keep it updated throughout your career.


Step 5 – Research tertiary courses that might interest you and could boost your entry level into the industry, e.g.:


Step 6 – Build your online presence, network, and keep up to date with new technology, software and design trends


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SEO Specialist

Multimedia Programmer

Web Content Manager


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


How long does it take to become a Web Designer? 


With no formal qualifications, you could enter the world of web design while you’re still at high school – but you’ll need great skills, an artistic mind, access to technology and a desire to succeed. If you would like to jump start your career starting at a higher level, completing a 3-year undergraduate degree could qualify you to apply for more senior roles on graduating.


What do Web Designers do?


Web Designers are masters of many web design trades. They create or fix websites, make them look amazing, provide functionality and great content, and keep clients and their end users happy.


Where do Web Designers work?


Many Web Designers are freelance and are able to work remotely, from home or an office in a location of their choice – it could be anywhere in Australia or even in the world.


Do I need to go to university to become a Web Designer?


A degree isn’t necessary for a career as a web designer, but it could be very advantageous and help you get further, faster.


Is Web Design a good career?


It is a competitive career, but is currently a service in demand as more businesses turn to technological solutions, online marketing and sales etc. You might like to read 10 reasons why Web Design could be a good career choice.

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