It seems everyone needs a web design these days and there is a huge demand for skilled, talented and creative web designers and web developers. Large companies, organizations, government, educational institutions, and even small businesses are realizing that having a web site is an important and often vital element to attract and maintain customers. The design, functionality and navigability could mean driving new business or retaining clients.

“We are experiencing a boom in web design careers and for web developers,” says April Rodgers Lucente, Career Service Advisor for Interactive Media & Design at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale . “Graduates are getting hired the same day they walk across the commencement stage! I get at least 10 inquiries each day from employers wanting to hire our web design graduates for full-time employment and freelance opportunities. They have a choice of where they go in terms of employment and salary options. The need for web candidates is going to keep increasing as every form of communication becomes more interactive and the Internet dominates the marketplace. An overview of our curriculum and what our college offers is on our web site at .”

Web design is constantly changing to reflect the demands of the consumer. An effective web site requires design skills, an understanding of information planning and interface design, and a solid grasp of technology.

“I always loved computers and technology and wanted to express myself by combining these interests with art and design,” says Web Developer Lourdes Reigosa, 2002 graduate from The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. “When I get up in the morning and come to work I know there’s never a dull moment. It’s an ever-changing and exciting field where I am always learning something new and combining art with technology.”

One of the best ways to get started in this interactive industry is to pursue a bachelor’s or associate’s degree in Interactive Media & Design from The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. Faculty with solid grounding in this industry teach hands-on classes such as web scripting and programming, interactive motion graphics, net broadcasting, web marketing, photography and typography. Combining artistic skills with technical know-how is what many advertising agencies are looking for in their web developers and web designers.