Webmasters 2.0

Webmasters 2.0

“What exactly is the Web 2.0?” ask so many people (even some of your clients). And you smile, because almost everyone uses the 2.0 every day.

More than 90 per cent of the technology that will affect our daily lives at the beginning of the 21st century has not been invented. This means that more innovations will be introduced in the next ten years than were produced throughout previous human history.--- Freeman Dyson

For some, their social lives depend on it. For others, their very survival depends on it.

You could try explain— how you utilize fresh technologies that improve the design of Web site, empower your collaborative work, and help you create social networking.

But there’s too much to explain. And it’s changing every single day.

You could elaborate— all about your amazing new intellectual tools that manage content automatically. Then you would need to explain how Web application and Web service become a much much bigger part of your powerful industry.

You love the 2.0 rush of data, the stream of innovations that carries your career forward, fast, like rapid river rafting.

You are a Webmaster, and your degree in Computer Science has thrust you in to the forefront of the Web 2.0.

The explosive growth of the Internet—- and the expansion of the World Wide Web (the graphical portion of the Internet)— have quickly generated so many sharp new occupations, all driving the design, development, and maintenance of Web sites and their servers.

You use all the 2.0 technologies— Skype, EBay, Orkut, Second Life, and so many more. With Web 2.0, you build Web applications miming the behavior of desktop ones.

The technologies keep morphing, spinning off of themselves. Like Ajax, a mutation of JavaScript, CSS, DOM and the XMLHttpRequest-object for an asynchronous interaction.

And there’s PHP and server-side languages, allowing you to turn web pages into online applications and to use web services. Or there’s Java and .NET.

Mashup? You’re on it. APIs combined from different sites to build startling new services. Like Google Maps API. You use JavaScript or Mapbuilder, define some locations and generate the code. Consumers suddenly can look at real estate locations, shopping malls, restaurants, anything. Even a college or university.

Collaborative 2.0 technologies are good to exchange data and to create social networks, like RSS feeds, you just use a PHP function. And there’s a whole world out there— Syndication, the Semantic Web, FOAF, all the Websites 2.0, CMS, Wikis, and then whole Blogosphere, it’s your vrtual playground.

It’s like you own the future. And maybe in fact you do!

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Webmastering 2.0. A very good place to be, heading up our ever-accelerating techno-rush. The fast track.

We’re talking about computer scientists, database administrators, and network systems and data communication analysts.

Computer scientists like you work as theorists, researchers, or inventors. Your work is distinguished by the higher level of theoretical expertise and innovation that you apply to complex problems, and the creation or application of new technology.

Your areas of computer science research range from complex theory to hardware design to programming-language design.

Researchers like you work on multidisciplinary projects, such as developing and advancing uses of virtual reality, extending human-computer interaction, or designing robots.

You’ve worked on design teams with electrical engineers and other specialists. With the Internet and electronic business generating enormous volumes of data, there is a crushing, ever-growing need, to store, manage, and extract data effectively.

And there are so many Web 2.0 specialities—

Webmasters are responsible for all technical aspects of a Web site, including performance issues such as speed of access, and for approving the content of the site.

Internet developers or Web developers, also called Web designers, are responsible for day-to-day site creation and design.

Database administrators work with database management systems software and determine ways to organize and store data. They identify user needs and set up new computer databases. In many cases, database administrators must integrate data from outdated systems into a new system. They also test and coordinate modifications to the system when needed, and troubleshoot problems when they occur.

Network systems and data communications analysts, also referred to as network architects, design, test, and evaluate systems such as local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), the Internet, intranets, and other data communications systems.

Telecommunications specialists focus on the interaction between computer and communications equipment. They design voice and data communication systems, supervise the installation of the systems, and provide maintenance and other services to clients after the systems are installed.

How did you become a Webmaster?

Your degree in Computer Science was a great launching pad.

A bachelor’s degree is a prerequisite for many jobs; however, some jobs may require only a 2-year degree. Relevant work experience also is very important.

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For more technically complex jobs, persons with graduate degrees are preferred.

Most computer scientist positions require a Ph.D. degree, as their main job function is research.

Computer scientists having only a bachelor’s or master’s degree are generally limited in their ability to advance.

For database administrator and network systems and data communication analyst positions, most employers seek applicants who have bachelor’s degrees in computer science, information science, or management information systems (MIS).

Most community colleges and many independent technical institutes and proprietary schools offer an associate’s degree in computer science or a related information technology field. Many of these programs may be geared more toward meeting the needs of local businesses and are more occupation specific than are 4-year degree programs. Some jobs may be better suited to the level of training that such programs offer.

For jobs in a business environment, employers usually want systems analysts to have business management or closely related skills, while a background in the physical sciences, applied mathematics, or engineering is preferred for work in scientifically oriented organizations. Art or graphic design skills may be desirable for webmasters or Web developers.

Technological advances come so rapidly in the computer field that continuous study is necessary to keep one’s skills up to date. Employers, hardware and software vendors, colleges and universities, and private training institutions offer continuing education. Additional training may come from professional development seminars offered by professional computing societies.

Computer scientists and database administrators are projected to be one of the fastest growing occupations over the next decade.

The computer scientists and database administrators occupation is expected to grow 37 percent from 2006 to 2016, much faster than average for all occupations. Employment of these computer specialists is expected to grow as organizations continue to adopt and integrate increasingly sophisticated technologies.

The demand for networking to facilitate the sharing of information, the expansion of client-server environments, and the need for computer specialists to use their knowledge and skills in a problem-solving capacity will be major factors in the rising demand for computer scientists and database administrators.

Median annual earnings of computer and information scientists, research, were $93,950 in May 2006, and it continues to rise.

Median annual earnings of network systems and data communication analysts were $64,600. The middle 50 percent earned between $49,510 and $82,630. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $38,410, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $101,740.

Median web design/master earnings

So, if you are willing to go after a Computer Science degree (an associate degree to a doctoral degree, depending on your ambitions), you will be in great demand.

You’ll always need to learn new technologies quickly, for these constantly evolving occupations.

But because of that, you’ll stay ahead of the employment curve, and the salary curve as well.

As a driving force in Web 2.0, you’ll become part of Web 3.0 when it happens.

And human history will be forever changed by the yet-unimagined innovations you have helped conceive, throughout your lifetime!

Further information about computer careers is available from:

  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), 1515 Broadway, New York, NY 10036. http://www.acm.org
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society, Headquarters Office, 1730 Massachusetts Ave. N.W., Washington, DC 20036-1992. http://www.computer.org
  • Software & Information Industry Association, 1090 Vermont Ave. N.W., 6th floor, Washington, DC 20005. http://www.siia.net
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