Wednesday, October 17, 2007
The Web Design Survey
Nearly 33,000 web professionals worldwide contributed to a survey on the business of web design and development. The survey was conducted by A List Apart.
Here are a few highlights . . .
The largest age group (44%) are between the ages of 25 and 32. A majority (52%) have a Bachelor's degree. An overwhelming majority (83%) are male.
Where We Work
Most Web professionals (73%) work in one of three environments:
- corporation -- 28%
- self-employed -- 23%
- consulting agency -- 22%
Show Me The Money
The two largest salary categories are as follows:
- $40k to $60k -- 23%
- $20k to $40k -- 20%
Six percent of Web professionals earn six figure salaries. Of these the most common job titles are as follows:
- accessibility expert
- creative director
- information architect
- interface designer
- usability expert
- web producer
- web director
The most popular methods of staying current in the field are as follows:
- websites/blogs/zines -- 95%
- trial & error -- 78%
- books -- 76%
Most Valuable Skills
The four most valuable skills respondents said they needed to succeed in their current job are as follows:
- Markup (XHTML) -- 81%
- Development (PHP, ASP.NET) -- 78%
- Coding (CSS) -- 78%
Between 20 percent and 25 percent of Web professionals say the they don't have the skills they need to succeed.
Download a detailed 81-page summary (pdf) of the A List Apart survey.