Webmasters design, develop, and maintain websites.
Webmasters design, develop, and maintain websites.
Computer Specialist, Information Technology Specialist, Internet Site Developer, Site Administrator, Web Content Specialist, Web Portal Co-ordinator, World Wide Web Site Administrator
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The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:
Interest in analyzing information to prepare mock-ups and storyboards, to develop Web site architecture, and to design the appearance, layout and flow of Web sites
Interest in precision working to test and modify Web pages and applications
Interest in consulting with clients to develop and document Web site requirements; and in determining hardware and software requirements; may lead and co-ordinate multidisciplinary teams to develop Web site graphics, content, capacity and interactivity
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It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.
Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.
A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.
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A webmaster’s duties vary from one job to another. There can be a lot of overlap with other jobs, such as Web Designer, Web Technician, and Interactive Media Programmer. This profile defines webmasters as managers. They are in charge of their company’s websites.
In general, webmasters:
In large companies, webmasters may work with a team (including information specialists and representatives from various parts of the company). They may liaise between departments. In some companies, they also develop and maintain an intranet site (an internal network similar to the internet but accessible only to company personnel).
In small companies, webmasters may do everything. This includes initial design and coding as well as watching site traffic and performance.
Webmasters often work standard weekday hours in offices or from home. They may have to work evenings or weekends (when doing website installation and maintenance activities).
The work can be stressful when:
Hazards include eye strain (from spending long hours looking at a computer screen) and injuries from repeated movements.
Webmasters need to possess:
They should enjoy:
This chart shows which job skills are currently in highest demand for this occupational group. It was created using this occupation's 87 most recent Alberta job postings, collected between Nov 17, 2020 and Jul 28, 2021.
Review these skills to learn:
|Source, select and organize information for inclusion and design the appearance, layout and flow of the Website||76|
|Create and optimize content for Website using a variety of graphics, database, animation and other software||76|
|Plan, design, write, modify, integrate and test Web-site related code||72|
|Conduct tests and perform security and quality controls||70|
|Develop Website architecture and determine hardware and software requirements||68|
|Consult with clients to develop and document Website requirements||66|
|Prepare mock-ups and storyboards||51|
|Personal Suitability: Organized||51|
|Research and evaluate a variety of interactive media software products||49|
|Personal Suitability: Dependability||46|
Webmasters need a blend of management and technical expertise. The specific qualifications they need depend on the company and the role. In general, webmasters should understand principles and current practices in:
Webmasters often gain knowledge and develop skills through a blend of experience and education. For example, a marketing manager might develop technical expertise by attending seminars, reading, and working with other professionals (such as graphic artists, writers, computer engineers, computer programmers, database analysts, librarians).
Some employers need webmasters with a lot of computer expertise. This can include a working knowledge of certain software languages or database apps. For other positions, an overall knowledge of what is technologically possible is more important than programming skills.
Prospective webmasters should begin by taking a post-secondary program related to management and admin, computer science, or web design. There are also free online courses that offer skills training for webmasters.
The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.
For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.
Information systems professionals investigate, analyze, design, develop or manage information systems based on computer and related technologies through the objective application of specialized knowledge and professional judgement.
Information Systems Professional is a protected title under Alberta's Professional and Occupational Associations Registration Act. This means that to call yourself an Information Systems Professional or use the I.S.P. designation, you must be a registered member of the Canadian Information Processing Society of Alberta (CIPS Alberta). You do not have to be registered if you do not call yourself an Information Systems Professional.
The Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS) has defined the body of knowledge required for certification and recognizes the many different ways this standard may be achieved. Applicants must provide documented evidence for 1 of the following I.S.P. designation criteria routes: (1) Established Academic, (2) IT Industry Leader, (3) Established IT Professional, (4) Education Plus Experience, (5) Exam, (6) Professional Experience Only (applicants must have entered the field prior to 1976), or (7) Upgrade from Candidate Status. For official, detailed information, visit the CIPS website, CIPS Alberta website or contact CIPS Alberta.
Information systems professionals who are registered and in good standing with a regulatory organization elsewhere in Canada may be eligible for registration in Alberta if registered professionals in the 2 jurisdictions have similar responsibilities and competencies. For more information, see "What if I am already certified in another province or territory?" and the Alberta regulatory authority (below).
Canadian Information Processing Society of Alberta
PO Box 21085
Canada T6R 2V4
Phone Number: 780-431-9311
Toll-free phone number: 1-844-431-9311
Fax number: 780-413-0076
Webmasters may work as employees or on a contract basis. They may work at:
This is a management position that requires related experience. Prospects for advancement vary. Key factors include the organization and the webmaster’s qualifications.
Webmasters are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 2175: Web designers and developers. In Alberta, 78% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:
The employment outlook [pdf] in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:
In Alberta, the 2175: Web designers and developers occupational group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1.7% from 2019 to 2023. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 58 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.
Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.
Incomes vary greatly. Wages or salaries depend on training, experience, and the scope of the position. Webmasters in small, not-for-profit organizations may be volunteers.
Salaries for webmasters in management roles are most often higher than others.
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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.
Good Reliability, represents a CV of between 6.01% and 15.00% and/or fewer than 30 survey observations and/or if survey observations represent less than 50% of all estimated employment for the occupation.
|Professional, Scientific & Technical Services||$63,787|
|Information, Culture, Recreation||$63,027|
Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS) of Alberta website: www.cipsalberta.ca
Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) website: www.ictc-ctic.ca
Technology Alberta website: technologyalberta.com
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Updated Mar 31, 2018. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook, and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.