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26 G.I. JOBS | JANUARY 2019 | GIJOBS.COM WEB DEVELOPERS Web developers design and build websites. They are responsible for both the look and functionality of the websites they create. Web developers may also create content for a website and ensure it is optimized for search engines. Types of Web Developers: Back-End Developers: Are responsible for the technical design and construction of a website. They design the basic framework of a website and ensure that it functions properly. Front-End Developers: Are responsible for the look and feel of a website. They create a website's layout and integrate additional tools, applications and graphics. HOW TO BECOME A WEB DEVELOPER There are no set educational requirements for becoming a web developer, which is why it is possible to land a great web development job with an associate degree. Many companies or clients will lean toward somebody who has a portfolio of work as opposed to somebody with only a degree. OUTLOOK FOR WEB DEVELOPER JOBS According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for web developers, as of May 2017, was $67,990. Web developer jobs are expected to see a 15 percent growth by the year 2026, which is much faster than the average. DRAFTERS Drafters are the technically skilled professionals who convert the designs of engineers and architects into technical drawings. Typically, drafters will specialize in one particular area, such as architectural, civil, electrical, or mechanical drafting and use technical drawings to help design many different things. Drafters are often referred to as CAD operators. CAD systems allow drafters to create and store technical drawings digitally. Technical drawings contain information about how to build an object or complete a project. Technical drawings will instruct on dimensions, materials needed and time to complete. Drafters specifically use CAD systems so that their work can be directly programmed, viewed and printed with Building Information Modeling (BIM) systems, which allow drafters, architects and builders to collaborate on projects efficiently. HOW TO BECOME A DRAFTER The great news for military veterans is that to become a drafter, you do not need to attend a four-year college. Typically, you need to have an associate degree, or complete a technical training program and earn a certificate. In these programs you will take courses in design fundamentals, sketching and CAD software. Veterans interested in drafting jobs can become certified through the American Design Drafting Association. Certifications can be earned in a specific drafting focus, such as civil, electrical and mechanical drafting. OUTLOOK FOR DRAFTING JOBS According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual income for drafters was $54,170 as of May 2017. Overall employment of drafters is expected to grow 7 percent by the year 2026. PHOTO BY FABIAN GROHS ON UNSPLASH $67,990 SALARY $54,170 SALARY EDUCATION ASSOCIATE DEGREES

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