The figures below are only a guide. Pay rates vary widely, depending on:
where you work
the size of the company or organisation you work for
the demand for the job.
Starting salaries can be in the range of £20,000 to £25,000 a year. With experience, this can rise to £30,000 a year and senior or lead web designers can up to around £40,000 a year, sometimes more.
If you work freelance, your income will vary, depending on the contracts you get.
You will generally work normal office hours from Monday to Friday, but may have to work some weekends or evenings to meet deadlines.
You might sometimes have to travel to visit clients and spend overnights away from home.
You will spend most of your time working at a computer.
Entrants usually have a degree (SCQF Levels 9-11) or HND (SCQF Level 8) in a subject such as web design and development, digital media or interactive media.
If you have a degree in a non-computing subject you could take a postgraduate (SCQF Level 11) course in a related subject.
For entry to an HND course you normally require 1-2 Highers plus some subjects at National 5. For entry to a degree course you need 4-5 Highers.
You might get in through a Modern Apprenticeship in IT and Telecommunications at SCQF Level 6 or Creative and Digital Media at SCQF Level 7, then work your way up with experience and further specialist training, or a Technical Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 8.
You may need to do a technical test as part of a job interview.
Knowledge of web technologies is useful, for example: HTML and CSS; design and graphics software, such as Illustrator and Adobe Creative Suite; and content management systems.
Studying for the Foundation Apprenticeship Creative and Digital Media, which you can start in S5 and study at school and college, can count towards entry of a course. Entry requirements vary between colleges, but you usually need 3-5 subjects at National 5 including English. Maths, Art and Design, Computing Science or a science subject may be required. It is recommended that you work towards relevant Highers by the end of S6.
There are jobs in almost all industries, including retail, IT, education, the media, central and local government, finance, the communications industry and health care. Jobs are advertised in the press and on the internet.