How to write a Web Developer job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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What does a Web Developer do?

Web Developers are information technology (IT) professionals who design, develop, and maintain websites. Web Developers use a variety of programming languages, including HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, to create websites from templates or from scratch. Web Developers gather requirements from clients to determine what technologies should be used to build a website. Using their strong technical skills, Web Developers work with Web Designers to determine the look and feel of a website.

Web Developer job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Web Developer job titles

  • Web Developer
  • Senior Web Designer
  • Web Developer (with Java proficiency)
  • Web Developer (Part-Time)
  • Front End Developer
  • Full Stack Web Developer

Web Developer job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Web Developer job summary

Our firm is seeking a creative Web Developer that can work with our software application team to achieve our business’ digital goals. The ideal candidate for this position is a hands-on professional with strong knowledge of content management platforms, and an ability to translate our business needs into client-friendly functions that will expand our website’s influence in our industry. The Web Developer will be responsible for updating our current online applications, as well as developing and implementing a usability testing process to insure that new website applications meet our company’s requirements.

Web Developer responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of Web Developer responsibilities

  • Create applications that address the phases of SDLC (software development life cycle)
  • Develop comprehensive application testing procedures
  • Update existing applications to meet the security and functionality standards as outlined in the company’s website policies
  • Implement testing tools that monitor the ongoing performance of the company website
  • Assist in updating application development policies to ensure that all future applications meet the latest technical requirements

Web Developer qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Web Developer skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or related field (Master’s preferred)
  • 2+ years’ experience in application development and testing
  • 1+ years’ SDLC implementation experience
  • Ability to create support documentation for all new applications
  • Strong teamwork skills
  • Proven knowledge of the most current security and web development programming languages

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