Hiring a Web Development Engineer vs. a Web Developer

Kim Mays
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Some may argue that there is a difference between a Web developer and a Web engineer, but the prime distinction seems to be that engineers likely have a degree or an educational background in computer engineering. So when an organization is seeking a candidate to provide the structure for core Web-based business processes and projects, it’s important to consider the potential hire’s background.

Web developers are often extremely talented Web designers who have learned coding by doing. It’s not wrong to hire someone who doesn’t have a degree in computer engineering, but it’s important to consider all of the responsibilities of the job prior to writing up a job description and hiring someone.

Web development engineers are responsible for driving website designs and redesigns. For a large enterprise, it’s important for the hiring manager to ensure that the job description spells out exactly what will be expected from potential applicants along with the required qualifications that must be met. If the job entails cross-functional projects with other teams, it may be important to hire someone who can understand many types of technology. Depending on the types of websites the candidate will be working with, the applicant may need to possess a deeper understanding of the Web, networking and specific databases and languages.

In our IT Downloads section, we offer a free sample job description for a Web Development Engineer. Although it could be used as-is, it’s more likely to be a great jumping off point for an enterprise that is looking to hire such a candidate, but needs help creating a detailed description for the position. The Web Development Engineer job description includes a general company description concerning the job, and a description of the actual position with bullets explaining responsibilities. The PDF also includes a list of minimum qualifications along with preferred qualifications.

Any hiring manager or human resources manager should work with the current Web team in coming up with company-specific information to include with its job posting. It might include types of coding languages, compliance and governance expectations, database experience, degree preference and other integral qualifications that are necessary to job function.

For example, a qualifications list may need to include:

  • Experience with Adobe Flash
  • Understanding of JavaScript
  • Background in using JavaScript and CSS libraries such as jQuery, Backbone and Twitter Bootstrap
  • Proven experience in building scalable e-commerce sites and mobile apps

Prior to posting the job, it might also be a good idea to have the hiring manager or Web team read through and approve the wording of the job description.

Kim Mays has been editing and writing about IT since 1999. She currently tackles the topics of small to midsize business technology and introducing new tools for IT. Follow Kim on Google+ or Twitter.

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Mar 24, 2015 12:50 PM Brandon Brandon  says:
I've worked with many Web Developers, each with different educational backgrounds. I've found that their educations really don't mean much when it comes down to productivity. Many of the developers with impressive educations under their belts were far behind those that had little to no education. I found that the developers that had little education tended to be better at creativity and structuring projects than the developers with degrees and such. I feel as though it's because the ones that taught themselves tended to have more real world experiences that guided them in their decision making process whereas the ones with educations make their decision based off of outdated textbook standard practices. As far as your suggested qualifications list, Adobe Flash is incredibly outdated and a dying platform. Any Web Developer Engineer that would recommend a company use Adobe Flash is clearly caught in the "standard practices" textbooks of 2005. Reply
Mar 25, 2015 6:44 AM Lounge Lizard Lounge Lizard  says:
I partly agree with your post and disagree on some points. Though it might not be necessary to hire a web development engineer having a degree, it is extremely important to carefully analyse all aspects while hiring a web developer. A naive web developer who have learnt website development by trial and error method might not be the best candidate tom choose for developing the website of a business. The portfolio of a web developer speaks a thousand words and hence it is essential to go through the portfolio and also ask for references to the developer before you hire them for your work. A safer bet in such cases is hiring a professional website development company who have a team of professionals to look into all the aspects of a website. A professional development company would have the knowledge of many technologies and would thus be more beneficial and responsible. Hence, it is extremely important to consider all aspects befor finalizing on who you want to hire to develop a website. Reply
Nov 10, 2015 4:01 PM uper1968 uper1968  says:
I was a part of HR department in web design and development company http://www.nixsolutions.com/services/web-development-services. We hired persons that have knowledge and some experience. University degree is a good thing but it's not always objective. Web engineer must know math and graph theory, and he can learn it by itself. Reply
Nov 25, 2015 2:02 PM David Racho David Racho  says:
I agree on these Web Engineer is more on theory and ideas on how can be the website really look Great, but Web Developer is the one who manage or create codes for the website, It looks like foremans vs workers, foremans are more on command for this and this, while workers are more on heavy work..just a thoughts!..:) Reply
Dec 23, 2015 6:24 AM karen jain karen jain  says:
Web developer and Web developer Engineer Designation and processing work will be the same,but giving a designation of web developer engineer it means good form. Reply
Jan 5, 2016 11:02 AM Awen Awen  says:
A web development engineer is about designing of software systems on the basis of different platforms (web, desktop, mobile, etc.) on which they live on. A web developer is an expert, who is specialized in developing a website application. He will responsible for the site design and other technical aspects of the site, such as its performance and capacity which are measured by website speed. Reply
Feb 17, 2016 4:33 AM ClickPoint ClickPoint  says:
The experience and knowledge level is important than degree for website development services. To hire manager or human resource profile should be match with the company profile Instead of qualification. specifically I liked concept of getting approve the job description from hiring manager or web team which plays major role to select right candidate. Reply
Mar 15, 2016 6:05 AM Arpita Singh Arpita Singh  says:
SE works in the same places website developer could work, but their lines of duties are different. Many of them work in software development firms. They have adequate knowledge of computer, various terminologies, web browsers, computer programs, legal matters. Reply
Sep 26, 2017 9:34 AM west melbourne marketing agency west melbourne marketing agency  says:
Web designers are really interesting people. They don`t just create websites, they create art. They have to understand the ideas of their clients and transform them into a perfect working eye-catching website. That is quite a difficult task because of the mix of creative work and the following of the code principles. A web designer is a person who is an expert in graphic design, HTML, CSS, SEO and website usability. Reply
May 11, 2018 9:40 AM minnesota web design minnesota web design  says:
I liked concept of getting approve the job description from hiring manager or web team which plays major role to select right candidate. Reply
Sep 26, 2018 1:50 PM Irsa Chauhdry Irsa Chauhdry  says:
Web developer and Web developer Engineer both have different job descriptions and web developer will cost your less rather than web developer engineer. Web Developer engineer will design the hierarchy of the complicated system , where as web developer will develop the the functionality Reply
Nov 28, 2018 7:09 AM MiniBigTech MiniBigTech  says:
Well explained. This blog covers almost all the spheres of the topic. Website for small business is immensley important in todays's digital world as it lays down the digital presence of every business which is quite important for today's digital world. Many services of websites for small business are offered nowadays by companies so that every business can have a workable and efficient website. Reply
Nov 29, 2018 5:40 AM jackson jackson  says:
This is the first time I am visiting your website. I would like to tell you that I am genuinely engaged by reading your blogs. Keep up the good work! Reply
Jan 5, 2019 6:52 AM skyrandonline skyrandonline  says:
great information. I was searching for information about web development then I came across your article. it is very useful and well explained. thanks for sharing. Reply
Jan 10, 2019 9:57 AM MiniBigTech MiniBigTech  says:
Nice and informative blog with quite deep explanation. Many web development services are available for technically challenged people to keep pace with people who are well award regarding technology and science. Some web development services are offered in the best way so that everyone can have a perfect website design. Reply
Feb 4, 2019 9:21 AM Stephen Chong Stephen Chong  says:
Well, I know many web developers and never find any difference between a Development engineer and a normal developer. Most of the developers are from engineering Background and so the Development engineers too. But still I find few of the difference after reading your post. Thanks for letting us know. Reply
Feb 12, 2019 10:29 AM shubhanker shubhanker  says:
Technology is increasing day to day, this post is much interesting to gain knowledge Reply
Feb 15, 2019 10:38 AM adamgilbert1206@gmail.com adamgilbert1206@gmail.com  says:
Really interesting post. Thanks for posting such a great post. From: Grabsol (Web development Company in UK) Reply

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