All About Web Development: What Even Is It?

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Let’s talk all about web development.

It’s a term thrown around often in the tech world, but what does it actu­al­ly mean? What do web devel­op­ers do? On a basic lev­el, web devel­op­ment is the process of build­ing and main­tain­ing web­sites for use on the inter­net. Web devel­op­ers are the peo­ple who car­ry out that process. Build­ing a web­site involves a num­ber of tasks: rang­ing from cod­ing and writ­ing markup, to net­work secu­ri­ty con­fig­u­ra­tion and con­tent devel­op­ment. Essen­tial­ly, web devel­op­ment is the behind the scenes work that allows a web­site to func­tion prop­er­ly for its users. 

Web devel­op­ers gen­er­al­ly fall under three cat­e­gories: Front-End, Back-End and Full-Stack. Front-end web devel­op­ers are focused on the visu­al ele­ments of a web­site that enhance the user expe­ri­ence. Back-end devel­op­ers on the oth­er hand, han­dle com­mu­ni­ca­tion between the servers, data­bas­es, and appli­ca­tions that run the web­site. Final­ly, full-stack devel­op­ers are a com­bi­na­tion of both – work­ing on the serv­er and client sides of a website.

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Why Become a Web Developer?

The oppor­tu­ni­ties fac­ing web devel­op­ers in today’s dig­i­tal world are end­less. As an increas­ing num­ber of busi­ness­es under­go dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tions, the need for web devel­op­ers is high­er than ever before. Those with the skills to build web­sites and soft­ware are high­ly attrac­tive to employ­ers. The U.S. Bureau of Labor pro­ject­ed the employ­ment of web devel­op­ers to grow by 13% between now and 2028 with a rate much faster than the aver­age for all occupations.” 

Indeed​.com esti­mates the aver­age annu­al salary for an entry lev­el web devel­op­er in the US to be $60,711 a year with the aver­age salary increas­ing to $102,050 for senior web devel­op­ers with more years of expe­ri­ence. We’ve found that num­ber to hold true for our Momen­tum grad­u­ates. In fact, on aver­age Momen­tum grad­u­ates make start­ing salaries of $65,236 a year. A career in web devel­op­ment will pro­vide you with job flex­i­bil­i­ty, a great salary, and engag­ing work in a field that is con­stant­ly evolv­ing. If you’re con­sid­er­ing a career change, look no fur­ther than web development. 

Becom­ing a Web Devel­op­er from Scratch

So, you’ve learned all about web devel­op­ment and have decid­ed it may be the career for you, but where do you go from here? Enter­ing the tech field with no expe­ri­ence can feel daunt­ing, but there are plen­ty of resources out there to help get you start­ed. Once you have famil­iar­ized your­self with the basics and have a gen­er­al under­stand­ing of what soft­ware devel­op­ment is, it’s time to invest in a pro­gram that is right for you and become a cer­ti­fied web devel­op­er. Momen­tum offers both Immer­sive and Part-Time cod­ing cours­es so you are sure to find a pro­gram that fits with your schedule.

Here’s What You Can Expect Through­out Your Immer­sive Momen­tum Course

The Immer­sive Course is bro­ken into four 4‑week phas­es. Phase 1 is an intro­duc­tion to cod­ing, i.e. all about web devel­op­ment, along with front-end devel­op­ment train­ing. Phase 2 focus­es on back-end devel­op­ment. These first phas­es are class­room ori­ent­ed, so you will have plen­ty of time to ask ques­tions and become com­fort­able with the con­tent. At Phase 3, stu­dents choose to either spe­cial­ize in front-end or back-end devel­op­ment and con­tin­ue into advanced train­ing for their cho­sen spe­cial­iza­tion. Phase 4 empha­sizes agile devel­op­ment and stu­dents work in teams to com­plete projects that can be added to a port­fo­lio to use in the career search. Dur­ing this phase there is less orga­nized instruc­tion and instead demo days and check-ins as stu­dents work on gain­ing pro­fi­cien­cy independently. 


You can expect a con­sis­tent sched­ule each week with instruc­tion and a lab from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM Mon­day through Fri­day, with a one-hour lunch break. To learn more details about the course for­mat and poli­cies, you can request a Course Guide on the Momen­tum website.

How to Pre­pare for Your Course

Although no expe­ri­ence is required to enroll in a Momen­tum pro­gram, we sug­gest access­ing free online tuto­ri­als and/​or cod­ing exer­cis­es to intro­duce your­self to the con­tent. Your Momen­tum instruc­tor may also assign pre-work depend­ing on your cod­ing expe­ri­ence to help you learn basic terms and con­cepts. Most impor­tant­ly, we hope you will come to class with a pos­i­tive atti­tude, eager to learn and embark on your path towards becom­ing a web developer!

Co-authored by Anna Blythe.

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