Web Development

Web Development


CIW Web Development Career Track

The CIW Web Development Career Track teaches and validates the necessary skills to start or advance a career as a Web development professional. You'll learn to build dynamic Web sites that deliver content in a variety of formats. The essential combination of a front-end scripting language, a back-end programming language and the skills to integrate them with a database is what makes a Web Development Professional. Because of this diversity, this individual will become a valuable corporate IT team member.

CIW Web Development Career Track Information

What is a Web development professional?

CIW Web Development Career Track

Web application developers use Web programming languages and products to develop Web sites, generally for Web server applications. Web developers design, build and test the Web pages and hyperlinks that form the application. Web developers must be proficient in programming and scripting languages such as JavaScript, Perl, Java, C++ and others. They must also understand and implement database design skills to integrate the front and back ends of the application.

Web application developers may also lead project teams that design Web applications, so strong project management and analytical abilities are desirable skills for this job role.

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Skills and Knowledge

  • Basic Web design
  • Basic networking
  • JavaScript coding and programming
  • Perl coding and programming for back-end processing
  • Database design and management

Job Roles

  • Web developer
  • Web application developer
  • Web developer HTML5/CSS3
  • Applications programmer
  • Client/server developer
  • Front-end Web developer
  • Web architect
  • JavaScript developer


  • Critical thinking
  • Operations analysis
  • Deductive reasoning
  • Information organization
  • Complex problem solving
  • Creative thinking
  • Communication with supervisors, peers and/or subordinates
  • Project and task planning and management
  • Data analysis and organization
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  • Design, build and maintain Web sites, using authoring or scripting languages, content creation tools, management tools, and digital media
  • Perform or direct Web site updates
  • Write, design or edit Web page content, or work with others producing content
  • Confer with management or development teams to prioritize needs, resolve conflicts, develop content criteria and choose solutions
  • Back up files from Web sites to local directories for instant recovery in case of problems
  • Identify problems uncovered by testing or customer feedback, and correct problems or refer problems to appropriate personnel for correction
  • Evaluate code to ensure that it is valid, is properly structured, meets industry standards, and is compatible with browsers, devices or operating systems
  • Maintain knowledge of current Web technologies or programming practices through continuing education reading, or participation in professional conferences, workshops or groups
  • Analyze user needs to determine technical requirements
  • Develop or validate test routines and schedules to ensure that test cases mimic external interfaces and address all browser and device types