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Website Designer Career Profile

Do you want to work as a website designer?

READ: This page helps you read about the career and the information you need to decide whether this is indeed the career you want to follow.
RESEARCH: ​Learn about the skills required and minimum subjects to enter this career, as well as the places where you can study further after school.
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What is a website designer?

An animal website designer is a professional who specializes in creating and designing websites related to animals, pets, wildlife, conservation, and animal-related businesses or organizations. These designers combine their skills in web development, graphic design, and user experience (UX) design to create visually appealing, functional, and engaging websites that cater to the needs and interests of animal lovers, pet owners, researchers, conservationists, and businesses in the animal industry.

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Alternative Names

Alternative names for an animal website designer may vary depending on the specific focus or context of their work. Some alternative titles or roles that encompass aspects of website design related to animals include:

Pet Website Designer:

Specializing in designing websites specifically for pet owners, pet businesses, and pet-related organizations, including veterinary clinics, pet stores, grooming salons, and pet care services.

Wildlife Website Designer:

Focusing on designing websites related to wildlife conservation, nature reserves, wildlife rehabilitation centers, and organizations dedicated to protecting and preserving wildlife habitats.

Zoological Website Designer:

Concentrating specifically on designing websites for zoos, aquariums, wildlife parks, and botanical gardens, including online ticketing, educational resources, virtual tours, and animal exhibits.

Animal Rescue Website Designer:

Specializing in designing websites for animal shelters, rescue organizations, and adoption centers, including pet profiles, adoption applications, donation portals, and volunteer opportunities.

Veterinary Website Designer:

Focusing on designing websites for veterinary practices, animal hospitals, and veterinary clinics, including appointment scheduling, pet health resources, client education materials, and telemedicine services.

Animal Advocacy Website Designer:

Concentrating on designing websites for animal rights organizations, advocacy groups, and campaigns focused on issues such as animal welfare, animal cruelty prevention, and legislative advocacy.

Pet Product Website Designer:

Specializing in designing e-commerce websites for pet product manufacturers, retailers, and online stores, including product catalogs, shopping carts, customer reviews, and product recommendations.

Animal Education Website Designer:

Focusing on designing educational websites for schools, museums, nature centers, and educational programs focused on teaching children and adults about animals, wildlife, and conservation.

Pet Blog Website Designer:

Specializing in designing websites for pet bloggers, influencers, and content creators who share pet care tips, training advice, personal stories, and product recommendations with their audience.

Animal Photography Website Designer:

Concentrating on designing websites for wildlife photographers, pet photographers, and nature photographers to showcase their portfolios, sell prints, and offer photography services.

These alternative names reflect the diverse roles, specialties, and applications within the field of website design related to animals, encompassing a wide range of industries, interests, and target audiences within the animal community.

First web page?

The world's first web page was created in 1991 by the European Organization for Nuclear Research, CERN

Number of Sites?

There is an estimated 2 billion websites in the world, with less than 20% still active

What does an Animal Website Designer do?

Category:

Category: Art & Design / Business / Media / Education / Law & Enforcement / Farming & Livestock Management / Marine Conservation / Wildlife Conservation / Zoos, Aquariums, Theme Parks and Museums

Focus:

Animal Website Designers create functional, animal related websites for organizations or individuals. Although Animal Website Designers will in most cases receive all the necessary information on the animals to be included in the website, it doesn’t stop them to start one from scratch and do all the research.

Daily Tasks:

  • Discuss brief with clients
  • Writing and editing content
  • Designing webpage layout
  • Determining technical requirements
  • Discuss requirements with development team
  • Updating websites
  • Creating back up files
  • Solving code problems
  • Create and add new work to a portfolio
  • Administration and filing

Where they work:

Environment –

Web Designers normally work indoors in a design studio or office setup. They can also spend some time in the outdoors, studying the animals that will feature on the sites.

Places of Employment –

Most web designers work privately, under contract for various clients. They can also be employed by website companies, zoos, aquariums, museums, sanctuaries, game farms and theme parks.

Average Salary:

The average salary for employed Website Designers is around US$45,000. Freelancing designers may charge an hourly rate of around US$30, or flat rate for basic websites. Income will depend on the contract with the client.

Difficulties:

Whether permanently employed or freelancing, website designers must be able to work on a deadline. They must also have great attention to detail and knowledge of different coding languages.

​Future growth and Possibilities:

With the growth in the pet industry and related veterinary needs, websites for Veterinary Clinics, pet food companies and breeders have drastically increased over the past few years. The industry has also seen a rise in websites designed for wildlife sanctuaries, zoos, game parks and tours.

3. Which Skills are required?

The skills required for a career as a website designer can be divided into two very important groups. The first is the group containing life skills, which are the core skills that are necessary or desirable for full participation in everyday life. The second group is career skills, or the specific skills required to allow a person to enter and operate effectively within a specific career. Some or maybe even all of the life skills can assist in strengthening the career skills, and they might even be the same for specific careers.

Life Skills:

  • Self-awareness
  • Empathy
  • Critical thinking
  • Creative thinking
  • Decision making
  • Problem Solving
  • Effective communication
  • Interpersonal relationship

Career Skills:

  • ​Good business knowledge
  • Good artistic skills
  • Basic customer service skills
  • Good health and physical fitness
  • Excellent computer literacy
  • Excellent programming skills (or ability to understand web building packages)
Life Skills
40%
Career Skills
60%

4. Which Subjects must I have at School?

The subjects you choose at school are important as they lay the foundation for further studies at college or university. While still at school, it’s also important to learn more about the animals you will work with, as well as gain some experience.

OZT has a list of various tertiary institutions where you can study further, after school. Each of these institutions also have their own Group page on OZT where you will find the exact subjects they require of you to have passed in school. Keep these requirements in mind, and discuss it with your school, guidance counselor and parents to ensure that you are prepared!

5. What will I need to Study?

Minimum Requirements:

The minimum requirement to build a functional website is a College Diploma. Designers that want to build more intricate sites (and Apps), should look at studying towards a Bachelor’s degree.

Focus:

Major –

A recognized diploma in information technology, multimedia or software development. If your objective is to design only animal related websites, then a good understanding of animals would be recommended.

Short Courses –

There are excellent short courses in website programming, as well as to use website builders such as WordPress, Wix and Weebly.

Duration:

The duration of College and Bachelor’s Degrees can be up to 3 or 4 years. Short Courses are usually between a few weeks and a year.

Possible Career Preparation Paths:

If this is your dream career that you want to pursue, then it’s important to plan the way forward.

Why is planning important?

​To ensure that you understand the requirements for your career, and that you are always prepared for the next step on the road towards your dream. A Preparation Path is like your road map to where you want to be.

Possible Paths:

Possible Combined Career Paths:

It is possible to sometimes combine two or more related careers. This normally happens when you study and practice a specific main career, but the knowledge and experience gained also help you to have a paying hobby or secondary income career.

Possible Alternatives (there are a lot more):

Stepping Stone Career:

Being a website designer can also be used as a stepping stone career. A stepping stone career is one which is used to help you get to another career, normally because the other career is too difficult to reach (sometimes due to things like high fees etc).

You can begin as an intern designer after basic short courses and expert guidance (maybe working under a mentor). The money made can then be used to pay for studies towards a promotion or another career, and the experience helps in gaining knowledge. One paying to help get to the other.

Some of the possible paths:

Training and apprenticeship:

Even though it is important to study to get into some of the animal careers, most of the skills you will need as a website designer will be acquired through practice. This means that you will learn how to perform some of the daily tasks by actually doing it a few times and learning the steps.

In some cases entry level positions (or junior designers) require training sessions even before you are allowed to actually perform your job duties. These sessions are offered by the place of employment, after you have successfully applied.

Apprenticeship is also possible where you need to learn skills from a more senior designer.

Join the Website Designers Group in STEP 8 to learn more and even interact with the educational institutions that will help you secure your dream career!

Average level of education of all the people who enter the career:

High School Certificate 0%
Diploma or Short Courses 0%
Degree or Higher Studies 0%

6. Licenses, Certificate, Registration and Professional Associations

Certain animal careers require some form of legal certification to prove that you can indeed do the work, and work with the necessary equipment.

Although not required by law, certifications may help workers establish their credentials and enhance their skills.

Learn more about requirements by joining OZT in STEP 8.

Professional Associations:

7. Where can I study further?

All of the above information will help you understand more about the Career, including the fact that there are different paths to take to reach it. But if you are almost done with High School (Grades 11 or 12), you also need to start thinking about further studies, and WHERE you will study.

See the List of Universities, Colleges and Online Training Academies who offer courses towards web designing.

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8. Join the OZT community

Join us as a special member and learn more about becoming a website designer.

Members of the Platform have special access to:

  • Info on the best places where you can study (colleges, universities and online)
  • Expertly designed advice to prepare you for the career, and links to places where you can gain valuable experience. For some career experience is necessary, otherwise you wont get the job!
  • Top notch info on each of the different species you will work with
  • Make friends around the world and share knowledge
  • Compete and win points, badges, games, prizes and certificates. Be the best of the best, while you learn and prepare!

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