For those who want to understand how to build, design and manage great websites, here are the best webmaster, web design and (light-duty) web development certifications for 2017.
Credit: ShutterstockIf you had asked us 10 years ago which certifications were best for aspiring webmasters or web developers, we would have given you a much different range of answers. Be prepared for some unlikely or even unexpected recommendations that relate to building and designing websites and some light-duty programming to go with that effort. If you're interested in heavy-duty programming, along the lines of web services or web-based applications, you should check out our list of the best programming certifications instead.
If you want to understand how to build and design great websites, or improve a site's ranking using analytics, keep reading. We feature certifications from Adobe, Google, Microsoft, LearnToProgram and Zend. Though you may not expect everything that will turn up here, you won't be disappointed in the offerings we recommend, particularly when the certification sponsor also offers more advanced credentials in the same general track, as nearly all of them do.
Before you peruse the details of our favorite web certifications for 2017, take a look at the results of our informal job board survey. The data indicates the number of job posts across the U.S. in which the indicated certification was mentioned on a given day. This data should give you an idea of the relative popularity of each certification with employers. Keep in mind that, nowadays, many employers require a bachelor's degree in addition to some type of web-related certification.
Job Board Search Results
|ACE Web Specialist||84||100||4||68||256|
|Google Analytics Individual Qualification (IQ)||1,091||1,150||328||34||2,603|
|MTA: HTML5 App Development||42||49||17||12||120|
|Zend Certified PHP Engineer||174||187||324||45||730|
Note: One of the certifications featured in this article is Mark Lassoff's Certified Web Development Professional, which doesn't appear verbatim in job postings.
General salary information for web-related positions in the U.S. offers an interesting perspective on this career path. According to SimplyHired, a webmaster or web designer pulls in an average of $61,000 per year, and a web developer can expect to make about $76,000. Glassdoor figures are a bit lower, with the webmaster average at $55,000, the web designer at $47,300 and the web developer at $66,200. The simple truth is that web jobs, and the salaries that go with them, are all over the place not just in terms of location, but in level of responsibility and rates of pay as well.
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