Does the world need another web developer?
February 25, 2013 12:41 AM Subscribe
I have a close friend who works as a php programmer who is interested in mentoring me. I have good reason to think that web development is the sort of work that I'd be good at. But is it really a smart move to devote time to learning these skills at this time? Is the market for web developers expected to be strong in the near future, or is it starting to wane?
This friend guided me along as I taught myself some html and css a year or two back, and he said I was picking up on it really quickly, and that my coding was very clean to boot, so I do believe that web development would be the sort of work that I'm well suited for. However, I hesitate to devote myself seriously to the study of it because my intuition tells me that I've missed the peak of when these sorts of skills were most valuable. There does seem to be an awful lot of job openings for web developers out there, but will those openings still be there a few years from now? Perhaps I'm projecting my own feelings here, but I keep thinking that folks are going to start getting disenchanted with the internet any day now, and that being able to program a web page is not going to be very valuable much longer.
What do you all think? Do you think the market for web developers is strong? Do you think it will stay strong in the near future? Does a self-taught web developer stand much of a chance of finding steady employment a few years from now? Is the internet still growing and thriving, or is it about to be tossed aside in favor of the next big thing?
BONUS QUESTION: What is the next big thing? What are the skills that are going to be most valuable a few years from now?