What Does a Webmaster Do?

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Webmasters are responsible for the performance of websites.

Job Description
Webmasters are skilled computer professionals who oversee the optimal functioning and maintenance of a website. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Webmasters choose which software to use when building a website, approve the content used in the site, manage the website hosting, and troubleshoot any technical problems.

Website Maintenance
A good portion of any Webmaster’s time is devoted to maintaining the website. Website maintenance includes updating content, fixing broken links and images, and ensuring that the website’s code is compatible with all browsers.

Troubleshooting
Webmasters use a variety of tools to test their websites for load time, ease of use, and functionality. Webmasters also check to make sure that multimedia content in the website is performing properly.

Server Selection
One of the most important aspects of a Webmaster’s job is choosing the website hosting server, a special computer where all the information for the website will be stored. Webmasters conduct research to find the fastest and most secure servers. Additionally, Webmasters will create emergency back up procedures to keep the website up and running even if there’s a problem with the server.

Education Requirements
Webmasters can adequately perform their many job duties with an Associate of Science degree or technical classes. A Bachelor of Science in Computer Science could be useful to become a Webmaster for more complex websites.

Job Outlook
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) categorizes Webmasters as one kind of Web Developer. The BLS notes that employment for all Web Developers will likely grow by about 20% between 2012 and 2022, a rate faster than the average predicted for all occupations.

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