Why become a web developer?

As the digital professions continue to develop, demand is stronger than supply. To make up for this skills shortage, training has appeared. This gives you many choices of possible trades in this industry.

Here, I’m going to mainly talk to you about what I know, that is to say web development. However, be aware that there are a lot of jobs related to development. According to the ideas received, the developer must be good at math. This is not always true. I would advise you to test before making an opinion. On the other hand, what you need is that you like it and that you are motivated and curious. This article is a way to encourage you. I will give you arguments allowing you to be interested in the profession of web developer.

1 – Your passion

Before I start talking about compensation, I prefer to talk to you about passion. Because, before talking about compensation and employment, you must above all like it. Talking about passion is a bit strong when we start because we do not yet have all the tools in hand to specialize in one language / field rather than another. Fortunately, there are tutorials all over the Internet to learn the basics of all existing languages. I recommend besides the HTML and CSS languages ​​to start because they are easy to handle, while excluding the creation of more or less complex algorithms that can be found in JavaScript and PP for example.

So there is no secret, to find what you are passionate about you need to do some tests. Think that all your life you will do this job (aside from reorientation). Of course, the languages ​​differ from each other, but the principle remains the same on almost all languages. But don’t worry, you will know quickly enough where to position yourself if you ask yourself the right questions.

Personally, at the beginning, I had a lot to learn because I was a beginner. I loved everything I learned. I followed tutorials, face-to-face courses and internships which gave me more or less concrete projects to carry out. These projects were all interesting at the beginning, but after leaving my training, I worked on missions that I liked less. My message here is that, certainly, the profession of developer is great, but the missions we are working on must be even more interesting. It will make us want to learn and the quality of our work will be felt.

2 – Your abilities

Of course, development is a skill that can be learned. But we all have different preferences and affinities. There are so many languages ​​and domains. You can specialize in creating websites or mobile apps for example.


Some people like to create the appearance of a site more and others prefer to create more complex algorithms. Some people prefer to use website creation helpers rather than coding everything from scratch. You’ve probably heard of WorPress, one of the best known CMS. Do you want to have total control over what you do or delegate some of the work to a CMS?

The goal is to know where you stand and in which direction you want to progress in order to be able to target your objectives and find a motivation other than openings and remuneration.

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Why become a web developer? You have to love web development already.

What can make you love web development? What attracted me at the start was the fact that it was a multi-skill domain, at a crossroads: there is a layout dimension, interface design, design of graphic elements, various graphic choices, which requires acquiring a graphic designer culture, and a technical, logical dimension, search for a solution, which itself is divided into several components: databases, server-side development, front-end development, integration templates, etc.

This multiplicity of techniques and skills made the job particularly fulfilling for me; the work was varied and rich in reflections, and each aspect helped to reflect on the other.

Today, however, for better or for worse, it seems to me that we are seeing the emergence of a compartmentalization / specialization of tasks that does not excite me more than that. But this goes hand in hand with increasingly ambitious projects, which oblige this rationalization of work.

Still, development can be quite an intellectually exhilarating activity once you’ve passed a certain milestone.

On the salary side, it doesn’t pay too badly, but not enough for my taste. For a Parisian, it’s a bit limited.

Suddenly, I compensate by trying to focus on the choice of projects that I like in their finality, which leads me to work especially around medical and research, when possible.