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IT - Web Developer

Program Requirements: 

As the Internet becomes more integrated into our lives, future demand for people who have the knowledge and experience necessary to build and maintain websites will increase as well. Web developers and webmasters work in a variety of environments including corporations, government and other computer companies. Web developers create and update company’s websites for day-to-day operations of the site.

Gateway’s Web Developer associate degree program focuses on the programming languages deployed on the web, and building dynamic websites along with database driven backend principals. In this two-year associate degree program, students will learn from the ground up how to utilize various web programming languages such as Java, PHP, Ruby on rails, ASP.net, JQuery, AJAX and JavaScript, core web technologies such as HTML, XML and CSS and enterprise databases such MySQL, Oracle and SQL Server to increase the productivity of websites. Programming principles are taught and enhanced in every course to ensure ease in transition from one language to another.

Students have the option to complete the entire program online, or take selected classes online. This gives students the convenience of working around their schedule but gaining the education and skills needed to obtain a job in this demanding field.

What does an IT-web developer/administrator do?

As Internet usage and ecommerce grows, there is an increased need for web developers to create and maintain websites. Graduates from the Web Developer program have a number of career options including web designer, web programmer, UI designer, SEO specialist, web project manager, webmaster and e-commerce specialist.

Learning by doing

The Web Developer program is taught using a hands-on approach that provides students with real world experience and training. Course projects often include students working with area businesses and organizations, assisting them with building and updating their websites.
 
Students will gain real-world experience by taking an IT Web Project Management class. Students can additionally take a web or Biz Squad internship class. The Biz Squad internship class includes Web Developer students and those from other business programs. Student groups are teamed up with Gateway faculty to meet the needs of local businesses and organizations. The internship program provides excellent hands-on learning for students, while helping local businesses and organizations at the same time.
 
Participation in the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) student organization is highly encouraged. Beyond networking and professional development, members can compete at state and national competitions. Gateway also offers study abroad opportunities to IT students. International education opportunities could include participation in a global project team with students from Germany and Morocco or providing IT support to a community in Belize.

Job and salary outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of information security analysts, web developers, and computer network architects is projected to grow 22 percent from 2010 to 2020. Employment of web developers is expected to grow as ecommerce continues to expand. The median annual salary of information security analysts, web developers, and computer network architects was between $45,190 and $79,660 as of May 2013.

Advisors

Online

Jason Kemp
kempj@gtc.edu

Andrew Goodman
goodmana@gtc.edu

Raquel Palacios
palaciosr@gtc.edu

Faculty

Online
Jill Fall
fallj@gtc.edu

Tom Kressin
kressint@gtc.edu

Cheryl Ucakar
ucakarc@gtc.edu

Program Administration

Ray Koukari, Dean
koukarir@gtc.edu

Manoj Babu, Associate Dean
babum@gtc.edu

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