Freelance Web Designer Developer Job Description

July 7, 20120 Comments

Job Profile and Description

College students in fine arts, advertising or industrial arts, as well as in computer science are often well exposed to web design and development and can easily work part time as web developers, especially during summer and semestral breaks. Many work in pairs, one with then creative talent and the other with HTML, JavaScript programming skills. Some students with a creative talent use web development tools that require no programming.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Meet with clients to define aesthetic (thematic specs, colors, font types, media elements, images, etc.) and functional specifications (databases, registration, online payment processing, etc.).
  • Analyze client’s business objectives and directions for the web in terms of product positioning, branding, target audience or markets and web traffic generation.
  • Present project timeline and secure client approval and sign off for milestone deliverables and payment schedules.
  • Create initial Photoshop web look for client approval.
  • Create web prototype for uploading to a temporary DNS for approval.
  • Upload final website design once payment is made.

Skills and Specifications

  • Proficient in graphic and HTML tools. Eg. Illustrator, Freehand, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, etc,
  • Creative, good eye for design / layout detail.
  • Good written and spoken communication skills
  • Knowledge of CSS, Style sheets, HTML and JavaScript is highly advantages

Education and Qualifications

  • Undergrad Diploma/ Certification in Design, Fine Arts or equivalent. Fresh graduates with good portfolios are welcomed.


  • The median annual salary for web designer/developers was $70,100 in 2008 with the middle 50% earning between $53,300 and $89,800. The lowest 10% received about $39,700, and the highest 10% earned about $108,900. Freelance web designers are known to exceed the median but for student part timers, it can be lower than the lowest 10%.

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