Web administrators bring the components of a website design together, publish it online, and make sure it functions effectively and securely. Web administrators, sometimes called webmasters, keep web page content and links up to date, find and fix web page problems, and implement website security measures such as firewalls or encryption. They follow back-up and recovery procedures regularly. Webmasters work closely with website development teams on both internal and external websites. Usability is critical for websites, and webmasters test and track many aspects of a site’s performance to ensure the site meets its planned function and users have a good experience. Web administrators help create and document guidelines used by everyone who contributes to the website, to ensure consistency and effectiveness. They may also train website users, and teach other staff how to maintain websites. Working in an office during typical office hours is the norm in this field, but work schedules of longer than 40 hours per week are not unusual. The ability to collaborate and communicate well with teammates is essential. While a number of web administrators have a bachelor’s degree, typical job requirements include technical training or an associate’s degree. Regardless of education requirements, positions in this field generally require continuous learning to keep up with the changing world of web development.
What they do:
Manage web environment design, deployment, development and maintenance activities. Perform testing and quality assurance of web sites and web applications.
On the job, you would:
Monitor systems for intrusions or denial of service attacks, and report security breaches to appropriate personnel.
Identify or document backup or recovery plans.
Back up or modify applications and related data to provide for disaster recovery.
Engineering and Technology
computers and electronics
product and service development
Arts and Humanities
thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
reading work related information
noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it
thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
listen and understand what people say
read and understand what is written
Ideas and Logic
notice when problems happen
use rules to solve problems
People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.
They do well at jobs that need:
Attention to Detail
You might use software like this on the job:
Web platform development software
Operating system software
Red Hat Enterprise Linux
bachelor's degree or some college usually needed
Get started on your career:
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.