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Should You Get a Master’s in Web Design and Development?

Posted on 9.28.2016

:: By Larry Alton, @LarryAlton3 ::

Once you’ve started your Web design business/career, it may seem like the battle is over. In reality, you’re just beginning. You must find clients and retain them to achieve your goals. As you go through this process, you might start to wonder if your level of education is good enough. Should you get your master’s degree in order to obtain the level of success you desire?

There are a lot of factors that go into this decision. Getting a master’s degree is not a decision to be taken lightly. First of all, you’ll have to take the GRE, which could require months of studying for nearly four hours of testing. Then, you’ll need to enroll in a degree system that could cost twice the amount of your first degree. If that doesn’t pay off in the long run, you’ll have wasted money on a pointless education. 

Before you blindly apply for a master’s program in Web design and development, here are some things you’ll want to consider. 

Lowest Level of Education Needed 

The requirement of education to enter the job force in Web design is fairly low. Many developers get jobs with no education at all, though it’s getting much more difficult to do this lately. Because Web design and development is known as a hard skill, demonstration of ability is often the only requirement in Web design and development positions. 

However, as the field of development expands and competition becomes higher, more and more companies won’t consider a resume without some degree of education. 

Often, a certificate or associate’s degree will suffice for an entry-level position in development. The majority of companies are now looking for a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, however. If you have a bachelor’s degree, you’ll enter the field with higher-level work, such as back-end programming, and you can typically expect a salary of around $65,000 a year

The Benefits of a Master’s Degree

There are a few benefits to getting a master’s degree in Web design and development. Though the intrinsic rewards will depend on your personal desires, here are some of the benefits most people can look forward to:

Higher pay: Naturally, more education leads to a slightly higher pay grade. However, it’s important to note that the pay grade is typically not much higher than what you’ll get with a bachelor’s. 

Increased education: This is one intrinsic benefit that can’t be measured. If you love graphic design, programming and development, you’ll value your master’s degree.

More experience: If you’re having a difficult time getting a job, a master’s degree will give you added experience that can significantly help with degree placement. 

Specialized field: If you’re looking to go into a more specialized niche, a master’s degree can take you in that direction. 

Bachelor’s Degree vs. Master’s Degree 

Overall, the benefits of getting a master’s degree over a bachelor’s degree are directly connected to your ideals and agenda. Getting a master’s degree will lead to a higher level of skill, which can be very useful if you’re interested in a senior development or a leadership position. 

A master’s degree can also be better if you’re aiming to work for a prestigious company. It’s hard to enter major corporations, and any level of skill or intelligence you have will give you an edge over other applicants. 

In most cases, a bachelor’s degree will suit you for any entry-level position, and then you can work your way up from there. It will take longer to advance with just a bachelor’s degree, but it is possible. 

In the end, your decision to pursue further education depends on your personal goals. Good luck!

Larry Alton is a professional blogger, writer and researcher who contributes to a number of reputable online media outlets and news sources. In addition to journalism, technical writing and in-depth research, he’s also active in his community and spends weekends volunteering with a local non-profit literacy organization and rock climbing. Follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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