HTML and the art of making a living

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So you want to be a WEB MASTER, WEB DESIGNER, INTERACTIVE MEDIA GURU, INTERNET PROGRAMMER, WEB EVANGELIST, WEB TRAINER, INTERNET CONSULTANT, ENTREPRENEUR, WELL-PAID.......

Show me the money!


In the days before the dot-gones:

  • According to a 1998 salary survey from the American Management Association, a Web publisher averaged $77,400 a year.
  • A February 1999 Newsweek articles cites Webmaster's starting salaries between $50,000 and $70,000 a year.
  • According to a study by the Economic Research Institute a Webmaster in Seattle could make $56,149 with one year of experience and  $68,775 with five years of experience.

These figures, and the ones below, are from the days of the Internet boom. Nonetheless, the salary figures are still within range, and the job market, although certainly different, still has more Web jobs than it does qualified people to fill them. What's changed?

  • The dot-bomb fallout has led to the bulk of available Web jobs being with businesses whose primary business is not solely online.
  • Existing companies able to offer jobs are much more likely to have things like a sustainable business plan, a profit margin, and a clue.
  • As the Web becomes less a frontier and more an established way of doing things, the people hiring for Web positions will be more discriminating and likely more interested in a knowledgeable, well-rounded, well-educated Web staff. (So, stay in school!)

The chart below was taken from the WebMonkey article, Freelancing in the Web World
http://hotwired.lycos.com/webmonkey/98/44/index4a_page5.html?tw=jobs

Programming (everything from Javascript to backend)

US$75 to $200 per hour 

Writing (Technical)

$35 to $80 per hour 

Writing (Non-Tech)

$300 to $1,000 per piece
(or $.30 to $1 per word) 

Producing 

$50 to $100 per hour 

Interface Designing

$50 to $100 per hour 

Graphic Designing

$50 to $100 per hour 

Editing

$35 to $50 per hour 

Copyediting

$25 to $40 per hour 

Straight HTML Coding

$10 to $20 per hour 

HTML, ASP+SQL server, and PHP with MySQL

$8 per hour in India. Uh-oh...

Find out what others are making at Web Jobs USA http://www.webjobsusa.com/ or Salary.com http://www.salary.com

 

Job Sites

The sites below feature jobs in the Web field for Seattle and the world.

http://www.nwjobspace.com
http://www.careerpath.com
http://www.monster.com
http://www.computerjobs.com/ (http://www.seattle.computerjobs.com/)
http://www.microsoft.com/jobs/
http://www.dice.com
http://www.hotjobs.com
http://www.1-jobs.com/
http://www.jobs.com/
http://www.careerweb.com/
http://www.prgjobs.com/
http://www.soba.net/jobs/list.html
http://www.webjobsusa.com/seattle.html
http://www.seattlejobsite.com/
http://www.digitalcity.com/seattle/employment/
http://www.seattlejobs.org/
http://www.seattlejobs.com/
http://www.seattle-jobs.com/
http://www.seattlejobs.net/
http://www.flipdog.com

Tips for joining the Internet Industry


  1. Practice, Practice, Practice, and then Practice some more
  2. Stay current
  3. Build a portfolio
  4. Get experience anywhere you can
  5. Don't get discouraged; everyone has to start somewhere
  6. Your personality is a big asset
  7. Network!
  8. Be Professional
  9. You are not unemployed; you are freelancing
  10. Enjoy yourself

On-campus resources:

For more information on employment, your best contacts at SSCC are:

Career Development Services, http://dept.seattlecolleges.com/sscccareerservices, 206.764.5304 (south wing of Robert Smith Building)

Sabra Schneider, SSCC Web Program Coordinator, sschneider@sccd.ctc.edu

CTN 175, Web-Related Careers

Readings

Freelancing in the Web World
http://hotwired.lycos.com/webmonkey/98/44/index4a.html

The Right Web Job For You
http://hotwired.lycos.com/webmonkey/98/41/index2a.html?tw=jobs

Monster Dot. Com Careers Job Q & A
http://dotcom.monster.com/qanda/

Netslaves.com
http://www.disobey.com/netslaves/

Job site for you guys who spent my whole class reading your email and looking at cars online
http://bkcareers.com/

More information

Web Developers Virtual Library: Encyclopedia of Web Design Tutorials, Articles and Discussions
http://wdvl.internet.com/
"WDVL is an free encyclopedia of java, HTML, javascript, cgi, dhtml, XML, perl, Web design and domain name tutorials and resources."

Lynda.com
http://www.lynda.com
Collection of resources and information by noted Web designer, Lynda Weinman.

About .com Web Design
http://webdesign.about.com/index.htm
"Want to post professional-looking pages? Guide Jean Kaiser shows you to create eye-grabbing graphics and slick sites that are quick on the draw."