In 2012 and 2013, I did extensive research for the grant program to develop and rewrite the Web Developer degree program at Clark College. This research included an analysis of current and future job opportunities for students graduating with that degree with a solid understanding of WordPress.
Now that the program has completed its first official year at Clark College, I can proudly share some of my research as it relates to the job market with an emphasis on WordPress expertise.
If you are considering a job or starting a business in web design, development, web writing, and WordPress, this research data may influence your decisions.
Web development is a growing industry. US News Money reported that the Bureau of Labor Statistics projected a 21.7% employment growth for web developers through 2020, resulting a placement in the 9th spot in their Best Jobs of 2013 Report. In 2011, the median salary of $77,990 was expected to increase as web development moves from do-it-yourself and self-taught to college educated and trained professionals.
A Workforce representative reported that multi-skilled web designers are in demand and high on recruiters’ jobs lists.
With the national unemployment rate for Web designers at just 3 percent, demand for their skills in animation, graphics, social media, apps design and video is at an all-time high, says one staffing firm executive.