Web developers and graphic designers are highly creative, have strong layout and design skills and love to work with people. They are excellent communicators, have good listening skills, are detail oriented and love the challenge of getting a client's message across quickly and easily.
NPC's Web Development specialization prepares you for tasks ranging from creating web graphics to simple page building, basic coding and web server administration. This program includes credit hours devoted to creating your professional portfolio for potential employers.
NPC's Graphic Design specialization teaches you basic design skills, computer graphic programs, photo imaging and page layout. This program also includes credit hours devoted to creating your professional portfolio for potential employers.
An NPC academic adviser can help you decide which degree or certificate option is best for your employment goals.
About one in seven web developers is self-employed. Those who are not self-employed work for companies in the computer systems design and related services industry.
Graphic designers work in specialized design services, publishing or advertising, public relations and related services industries. About one in five graphic designers is self-employed.
Employment of web developers is projected to grow 27 percent through 2024, much higher than the average for all occupations. Demand will be driven by the growing popularity of mobile devices and e-commerce.
Employment of graphic designers is projected to show little or no change through 2024, and there will be strong competition for available positions.
Payscale.com lists the annual wage for entry-level web developers from $36,000 to $53,000. Payscale increases significantly when the student continues on to earn a bachelor's degree.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the median annual wage for graphic designers in northern Arizona as $40,300 in May 2017. SOC 27-1024
Potential Job Titles
Web developer, web designer, UI designer, front end developer
Graphic designer, graphic artist, commercial artist, page designer, advertising designer
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