Web Management Degrees: Bachelor's, Associate & Online Class Info

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What will you learn in a web management degree program? Read about degree requirements, the pros and cons of an associate's and bachelor's degree and potential careers.
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Studying Web Management: Degrees at a Glance

Website management involves the careful monitoring and maintenance of several Web-related components. Specialists in the industry work in a number of positions and perform tasks involving hardware, software and security. Colleges and universities offer Web management degrees through a school of information technology. The associate's degree can prepare you for entry-level opportunities in the tech field. The bachelor's degree provides the educational foundation for management positions with the appropriate experience.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reveals that you can expect about as fast as average (12%-18%) to faster than average (22%) job growth during the 2010-2020 decade (www.bls.gov). Overall, information technology occupations are among the fastest growing and competitively paid opportunities.

Associate's Bachelor's
Who is this degree for? People who want entry-level support jobs in the industry Individuals interested in pursuing a career in management or who want specific opportunities in Web development, management or security
Common Career Paths (with approximate median or mean annual salary) - Entry-level web designer ($52,000 median)**
- Computer programmer ($76,000 mean)*
-Web customer support specialist ($67,000 median)**
- Information security analyst, Web developer or computer network architect ($82,000 mean)*
- Computer and information systems manager ($126,000 mean)*
Time to Completion 2 years full-time 2 years with an associate's degree, 4 years without an associate's degree
Common Graduation Requirements - Roughly 60 credits
- Information security capstone
- Approximately 120 credits
- Foundational programming course
- Internship or capstone project
Prerequisites High school diploma or equivalent High school diploma or equivalent
Online Availability Yes Yes

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (May 2011 figures), **Salary.com (July 2012 figures).

Associate's in Web Development

The associate's degree in Web development provides a broad range of skills in the design, development, implementation and management of websites or intranets. Programs offer courses that develop your skills in the integration of Web technologies to support business objectives. Upon graduation, you will understand how to configure, manage and program interactive websites. The associate's degree can prepare you for entry-level support, technician or programming opportunities in the technology industry. Employers may prefer candidates with a bachelor's degree for some positions, but strong programming and technical skills mixed with experience can provide opportunities for entry-level programming jobs.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Entry-level opportunities offer relatively competitive salaries
  • Internship programs provide the opportunity to gain experience
  • Programs offer the opportunity to focus studies through electives

Cons

  • Employers may prefer candidates with a bachelor's degree for some opportunities
  • Job growth may be affected by overseas contracting
  • Achieving some certifications will extend your training beyond 2 years

Common Courses and Requirements

The associate's degree provides a well-rounded foundation through general education, technical, networking, programming and design courses. You will take roughly 60- 70 credits in networking, business and communications classes. Some programs require an internship practicum, which provides an opportunity to apply your knowledge in a real-world company. Following are some common courses:

  • Web design
  • Web animation
  • Scripting-PHP
  • Emerging technologies
  • Supporting servers
  • Commerce and the Internet
  • Network troubleshooting

Online Course Info

Some colleges offer the Web development program as a complete online education. Programs may offer additional courses in marketing to round out your studies. Schools design their online programs to meet the needs of people employed in the industry or those seeking a career change. You can expect to meet some criteria, such as a work experience project, prior to graduation. In addition, you will need access to software and hardware relevant to the industry.

Stand Out with This Degree

The World Organization of Webmasters (WOW) offers a number of certifications that will validate your skills as you move through your career. You can pursue the apprentice or associate-level webmaster, designer, developer or administrator certifications during your studies. Employers seek candidates with strong programming skills and current knowledge of tools and programming languages. Working to establish a strategy to maintain your knowledge during your studies will help keep you abreast of changes. In addition, taking courses programming languages, such as JavaScript, SQL and HTML will help you meet minimum employer requirements.

Bachelor's in Web Development

The bachelor's degree in Web development takes your education a step further through the delivery of advanced topics in networking, security and programming. You may find programs that offer a development component combined with multimedia design features. Programs offer areas of specialization in network management or administration, to name a few. The bachelor's degree can prepare you for entry-level opportunities in Web development. Programs offer the foundation required to think critically, adapt to changing technologies and use multimedia to communicate complex information.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Employers are seeking candidates with a bachelor's degree, at minimum
  • The flexibility of the degree provides several options for specialization
  • Programs lay the foundation to transfer to a graduate program

Cons

  • Some employers prefer information security candidates with a graduate education
  • Associate's degree salaries may be comparable for some positions requiring a bachelor's degree
  • Seeking the appropriate certification will extend the time you take training and becoming marketable

Common Courses and Requirements

The bachelor's degree offers a focused education that provides flexibility through electives. You will learn Web-design principles, programming, technical writing skills and management information systems concepts. Some programs require that you specialize in an area of your interest. Courses in advanced graphic design, marketing, technical communication, Web information systems, online document development, organizational behavior and communications provide a well-rounded business and technical background. You will also take a Web development capstone, which requires your participation with fellow students in the execution of a development strategy.

Online Degree Info

Similar to the associate's degree, the online bachelor's degree offers a complete distance education. Schools structure programs in an accelerated format of between 5-week and 7-week sessions. Programs focus on usability testing, page development, analytics and reporting, publishing techniques and Web management. You will need access to the appropriate software and hardware to finish your online degree successfully.

Stand Out with This Degree

Obtaining the appropriate certification will demonstrate your understanding and skill at the design, implementation and management of Web components. In addition to seeking WOW's certification, participating in internships to gain experience will provide an edge when searching for employment. In addition, keeping a portfolio of programming examples or technical documentation will support the skills you've learned. Consider participating in clubs offered by your school or working on research projects offered by an instructor to further your knowledge and marketability.

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    1. Kaplan University

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      • Associate's - Network Security
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    3. Herzing University

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      • Associate of Science - Technology Studies
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    4. Keiser University

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      • Associate of Sciences - Information Technology
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    5. Indiana Wesleyan University

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      • A.S. Computer Information Technology
      • A.S. General Studies - Computer Information Technology
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    6. Thomas Edison State University

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      • ASNSM in Computer Science
      • AAS in Applied Computer Studies
      • ASAST in Computer and Information Technology
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    7. Excelsior College

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      • AAS in Technical Studies (Computer Technologies)
      • AAS in Technical Studies (Electromechanical Technologies)
      • AAS in Technical Studies (Electronic / Instrumentation Technologies)
      • AS in Science in Technology (Computer Technologies)
      • AS in Science in Technology (Electromechanical Technologies)
      • AS in Science in Technology (Electronic / Instrumentation Technologies)
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