A career as a Web designer begins with a bachelor's degree in graphic design, visual communications or a related field. Some specialized bachelor's and master's degree programs exist in information design, Web design and user interface design.
In addition to a college degree, Web designers rely on certification programs to keep pace with advancing technologies.
Some popular certifications in the field include:
Certified Internet Web Professional (CIW) program:
The CIW program offers specialized credentials for Web developers in areas such as e-commerce, security management, project management and programming. CIW certifications rank among the most prestigious in the Web technology sector. Certification Magazine ranked the Certified Internet Web Professional credential among the top certifications by salary, with average annual income of $59,290.
WOW administers a series of vendor-neutral Web design and development certifications at the apprentice, associate and professional levels. The Certified Web Designer (CWD) and Certified Associate Webmaster (CAW) certifications are widely recognized in the industry.
Associate Webmaster Professional (AWP) and Certified Webmaster Professional (CWP). Web Yoda provides training programs culminating in these two credentials, the entry-level AWP and the advanced CWP. CWP certification covers HTML, Java, e-commerce and design fundamentals for business Web designers.
Training in state-of-the-art design technology empowers Web professionals to realize their creative potential. Technical certifications are ultimately a means to achieving the ultimate credential: a strong Web design portfolio.