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Web designers and developers research, design, develop and produce Internet and Intranet sites. They are employed in computer software development firms, information technology consulting firms, information technology units throughout the private and public sectors, or they may be self-employed.
Internet site designer, Internet site developer, Intranet site designer, Web designer, Web developer, Web manager, Web site developer, Webmaster, e-business Web site developer, e-commerce Web site developer.
- Consult with clients to develop and document Web site requirements
- Prepare mock-ups and storyboards
- Develop Web site architecture and determine hardware and software requirements
- Source, select and organize information for inclusion and design the appearance, layout and flow of the Web site
- Create and optimize content for the Web site using a variety of graphics, database, animation and other software
- Plan, design, write, modify, integrate and test Web-site related code
- Conduct tests and perform security and quality controls
- May lead and co-ordinate multidisciplinary teams to develop Web site graphics, content, capacity and interactivity
- May research and evaluate a variety of interactive media software products
Ottawa, Gloucester, Nepean, Brockville, Cornwall, Vanier, Carleton Place, Clarence-Rockland, Gananoque, Hawkesbury, Mississippi Mills, Perth, Prescott, Smiths Falls, Bourget, Buckham's Bay, Clarence, Constance Bay, Embrun, Hazeldean, Kars, Old Stittsville, Richmond, Rockland, Rockland East, Russell, South March, South March Station, Stittsville, St-Onge
Outlook & Prospects for Web Designers and Developers in Ottawa Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Local Employment Potential Information
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In the Ottawa region, the outlook for web designers and developers is expected to be average to limited for the period 2012-2013. Employment prospects will be tempered due to tightening in public sector hiring, as the federal government is one of the largest employers of these workers in this region. Web designers and developers who are fluent in English and French will have improved employment prospects. At the time of the 2006 census there were about 1,800 web designers and developers in the labour force in Ottawa.
In Ontario, the outlook for web designers and developers is expected to be average for the period 2012-2013. This is a fairly small occupation in the province, with a workforce of about 9,800 at the time of the 2006 census. Employment will continue to benefit from the increasing use of the internet as a channel for marketing business products and services. However, the growing availability of pre-designed templates and the outsourcing of web-related work to lower-cost providers outside the province, will moderate demand for these workers. Web designers and developers who are able to develop customized web products for different computer platforms, including mobile devices, will have better employment opportunities. Many employers are seeking individuals who have above average creative abilities. Knowledge of the employer's business environment will be an asset in securing employment. This occupation has a younger age profile compared to most Ontario occupations. Some job openings will arise from turnover.
Local Labour Market News
Week of Apr 22 – Apr 26, 2013
- FedDev Ontario has invested $1.85M in four Ottawa area software companies. 360pi Corporation, SWIX Inc., Therapeutic Monitoring Systems and Capital Angel Network, are expected to create up to 44 jobs initially, with an additional 67 jobs by 2016.
Week of Apr 15 – Apr 19, 2013
- Fusebill, an Ottawa-based automated billing firm, raised $2M in investments to increase the sales and marketing aspects of its business. The company plans to expand its workforce by the end of the year.
Week of Apr 08 – Apr 12, 2013
- DragonWave, an Ottawa based technology company, will eliminate one-third of its senior management positions as well as restructure a deal with Nokia Siemens Networks to cut operating costs
Week of Apr 01 – Apr 05, 2013
- Ottawa tech firm Exocortex Technologies Inc., which specializes in 3D animation technology, plans on hiring five new positions this year and an additional five in 2014
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