Meet Shani…

What is it like to be a
Web Developer?

Web Developers are a specific type of “computer programmer” who design and build websites. They are typically responsible for the appearance of the site and technical aspects, such as site speed and how many visitors the site can handle. Web developers utilize their skills in coding to produce interactive web sites and social media applications.

They are sometimes known as web designers, or full-stack developers, if they can do both front-end and back-end development. Think of it as your ‘front of house’ wait staff or ‘back of house’ cooks in a restaurant: front-end developers use HTML and CSS to design great-looking websites. Back-end developers typically work with languages like Python and Java to make/”cook” more complex functions and databases that underpin the website’s functions.

“I had been waiting tables when I had the opportunity to become a customer support worker for an app. I kept asking [deeper and deeper] questions about how it worked until I finally enrolled in a software bootcamp.”
– Shani

“When I first got my apprenticeship, I was excited to be able to work 40 hours, in one place, and make a living wage, and from there I really saw my salary increase exponentially.”
– Shani

“In 2 years was able to triple my salary by staying motivated…and asking a lot of questions of people who were working at places where they liked to work. I was always kinda ‘nebbing’ my way through like “where do you work, why do you like it there?”
– Shani

Job Statistics


Education Level
Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor’s degree, but some do not. (88% have bachelor’s degree)

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Job Training
Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

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Median Wage
$41.61 hourly, $86,550 annual

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Projected Job Openings (2018-2028)

Daily Work Activities

Interacting With Computers

Processing Information

Analyzing Data or Information

Getting Information

Making Decisions & Solving Problems

** Data and statistics sourced from O-Net Online.

Skills Required

Programming: Writing computer programs for various purposes.

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and notinterrupting at inappropriate times.

Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Quality Control Analysis: Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

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Hacking Barriers to Entry: A remote and holistic pathway to tech

6-month, self-paced coding bootcamp via Treehouse Tech Degree. Option of gaining proficiency in any of the following: PHP, Python, UX Design, Front End Development, Full-Stack Development Access to resiliency and work-life balance workshops with The Center for Interracial Relationships, job workshops, personal mentors.

Provider:Womxn in Tech PGH
Student Age: 18+ years old
Length: 6 Months (COURSE FULL)

Learning Python through Jupyter

In partnership with Pitt’s Digital Scholarship Series, this self-paced online workshop is led by Barry Moore II of the Center for Research Computing and offers an opportunity for ‘side-by-side’ learning with University and Community. If you have experience with another programming language or have never programmed at all, this workshop will help you hit the ground running.

Provider: Pitt CEC
Student Age: 18+ years old
Length: 1 3-hr workshop available for up to 5 community residents (COURSE FULL)

Programming- CIT 111

This course is an introduction to software development using the Java programming language. Students create basic Java applications using algorithm development and problem-solving strategies. Topics include the software development process, Java language basics, data type representations and storage considerations, Graphical User Interface (GUI), program control structures, methods and parameter passing, one-dimensional arrays and Object-Oriented Programming (OOP).

Provider: CCAC
Student Age: 17+ years old
Length: Spring Semester

Programming Concepts w/ Python

In partnership with Pitt’s Digital Scholarhip Series, these workshops will consist of six 1.5 hour sessions over the course of three weeks. This course is not designed to teach learners to code in Python. Rather, it is an on-ramp to realizing the different types of tasks that can be done programmatically using a language like Python, and to begin learning about the logic underlying basic coding functions. 

Provider: Pitt CEC
Student Age: 14 – 17 years old
Length: Three 1.5 hr classes 1x/week, followed by three 1.5 hands-on ‘lab-sessions’. This program will be capped at 10 participants.

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