Web Development Certifications: Necessary for Web Developer Jobs?

Web development (both front-end and back-end) is an immensely popular job. Companies everywhere need technologists who can build, maintain, and improve websites, often under considerable time pressure. When it comes to landing a web developer job, you certainly need the skills—but can web development certifications also help you stand out?

For an answer, we turned to Burning Glass, which collects and analyzes millions of job postings from across the country. Burning Glass lists 16 web development certifications:

This list doesn’t represent all web development certifications, of course; when it comes to HTML development alone, there are certifications on offer from CourseraW3CUdemy, and many more. However, the Burning Glass list is extensive enough that we feel comfortable using it as the basis for our analysis, especially when we use the platform to see what percentage of jobs actually ask for web developer certifications:

As you can see, a broad swath of web development certifications pop up hardly at all in job postings for web developers. In other words, you don’t need a certification (or multiple certifications) to land a web developer job, although possessing certifications can always help when it comes to standing out in a crowded job-applicant market.

When you apply for a web developer position, employers will be interested in whether you’re actually skilled in JavaScript, HTML5, XML, and all of the other languages and frameworks that form the foundation of modern web development. Many job interviews will come with a test (either in-person or take-home) designed to test those skills. It’s also helpful if you can show a prospective employer a portfolio of work, whether projects for previous clients or just websites and web apps you’ve built on your own time. 

If you’re just out of school or a coding bootcamp, and anxious to secure your first web developer job, a portfolio of work—such as school projects—can give you a vital leg up in job interviews. Don’t view a lack of formal job experience or certifications as a potential impediment if you know what you’re doing in terms of front-end and back-end development. 

For those who’ve managed to build out a career as a web developer, average salaries can hit $80,978, although experience and specialization can take that far higher. It also seems that web development certifications aren’t absolutely essential for a broad swath of web developer positions, freeing up potential time and resources to boost your skills. 

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