STEM and Learning About Web Design

The world is becoming more technologically advanced due to the hard work of innovators, scientists, and engineers. The continued improvement of humanity's standard of living depends largely on the evolution of technology. In the years to come, this evolution will continue with new discoveries that will change how people live and function. In order for this to continue, there must be a new generation of individuals who can conduct the research and create the technology that is the foundation of that ongoing growth. For that reason, schools are putting an emphasis on STEM-related curricula to encourage interest and prepare students for a future in these careers.


STEM, an acronym for science, technology, engineering, and math, is a term first used by the National Science Foundation in 2001. It is used in relation to both school curricula and careers that require an understanding of science, technology, engineering, and/or math. Students who receive a STEM education are more likely to obtain jobs in these fields as an adult or to return as educators with the knowledge to teach the next generation. This is crucial, as STEM-related jobs are expected to grow significantly in the years ahead. Unfortunately, not all students have access to schools that have strong science, math, or information technology programs. In other cases, programs that are available do not stimulate an interest in pursuing such careers. Examples of STEM careers include computer systems analysts, medical scientists, biomedical engineers, systems software developers, and chemists. A person who pursues a STEM career has an abundance of choices, such as becoming a geoscientist, an architect, a doctor or psychologist, or a forensic scientist.

Web Design

Web design is another branch of STEM. People see and use websites every day, whether they're shopping online, visiting a gaming site, or just surfing the Web. They are crucial for those who need an online presence, which can be anyone from small businesses to large corporations. Because they are a visual representation of a company's product or of themselves, websites have the ability to make a positive or negative first impression that will impact traffic and, when applicable, sales. As a result, people often turn to a Web design professional for help. A Web designer is someone who creates websites following a consultation with their clients or employer. They plan and execute the website's appearance and layout so that it is attractive and appealing as well as appropriate for the industry and the target audience. It is also the job of the Web designer to make the site functional and user-friendly. People who choose this STEM career may work as a freelancer or for an employer such as a Web design firm.

Web Design Skills and Education

In Web design, there are certain skills that a person will need to master. One can begin developing these skills in middle or high school in a STEM-related educational program. Others may take a Web design course taught by a professional or at a university or college. Some of these skills include mastering graphics software used in Web design and developing a basic understanding of coding languages that can help in the design of a site, such as HTML, XHTML, CSS, PHP, and Javascript. Employers often prefer candidates who have a degree, preferably a bachelor's degree in a Web-related field. In addition, developing a portfolio that displays one's work is also crucial to beginning a paid career in Web design.



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