Do you want to work as a website designer?
- Read about the most important info you need to decide on following this career.
- Follow the 7 points below and search for a tertiary institution near you for future studies. If you already are graduated, you may also search through our list of Jobs in the main menu.
- If you want to PLAN the way you need to prepare, then join our community in step 8 where you will learn everything, while chatting with other potential designers and experts from around the world. Prepare to be amazed!
UPDATED: 20 August 2020
1. What is a website designer?
A web designer designs the concept layout of a digital website, while using code and software to put the physical, working website together in a way that people can use it properly.
Website designers can design any kind of website, based on a theme. Animal website designers are those that use animals as the theme.
2. What do they do?
Category: Art & Design / Business / Media / Education / Law & Enforcement / Farming & Livestock Management / Marine Conservation / Wildlife Conservation / Zoos, Aquariums, Theme Parks and Museums
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.
- 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:
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.
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.
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.
- Critical thinking
- Creative thinking
- Decision making
- Problem Solving
- Effective communication
- Interpersonal relationship
- 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)
4. Which Subjects must I have at School?
Information Technology will be your major or most important subject in school, whether you want to study further, or not. It will strengthen your programming skills and techniques, and prepare you for a career as an website designer.
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?
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.
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.
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 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:
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.
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.
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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