IT occupation

Web Developer


Web Developers design, develop, support, and maintain web-based applications and digital products. They use a variety of programming languages to design, create, and modify websites. They analyze users’ needs to implement content, graphics, performance, and website capacity. They may also integrate websites with other computer applications.


A bachelor's degree, usually in computer science, communications, or business, or completion of a college program in computer science, graphic arts, web design, or business is required. Experience as a computer programmer or graphic designer is usually required, too.


1-2 years


Web Developers start their careers with a single focus, usually in either front-end or back-end development. They may move on to be Full-stack Developers, DevOps Engineers, Senior Web Developers, UX Developers, or Web Art Directors. They may also explore careers in related fields, including project management, computer programming, or graphic design.


This occupation is not regulated in Canada. The following are some of the certifications/certificate programs that may be useful for this occupation:

  • Certified Web Professional - Web Developer - International Webmasters Association (IWA)
  • Master Certified Web Professional - Designer (CWP) - IWA
  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD)
  • Microsoft Certified Application Developer (MCAD)
  • Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP) - IEEE Computer Society

Competency Areas

Area 1: Business Analysis and Management

Area 2: Design and Architecture

Area 3: Development and Implementation

Area 4: Testing and Quality Assurance

Area 5: Security and Standards

Area 6: Administration and Support

Level 1 Basic Level

The individual has some knowledge and experience to carry out standard, routine tasks under supervision. They can follow instructions, complete assigned tasks, manage their work, and assist other colleagues.

Level 2 Intermediate Level

The individual has the knowledge and experience to carry out both standard and non-standard tasks with minimal supervision. They can plan activities, make key decisions, and work independently.

Level 3 Advanced Level

The individual has the knowledge and experience to carry out complex tasks confidently and consistently, without any supervision. They apply specialized knowledge to design and implement strategies, while also providing guidance and supervision to others.

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