A survey of 33,000 web professionals by A List Apart has come up with some interesting findings on the make-up and morale of the web design industry.

Unsurprisingly, the research reveals that the average web designer is white, aged between 25 and 32 and likely to be male.

Among the respondents, only 14.3% of creative directors or art directors and 12.6% of web directors were female.

Other findings include: 

  • 84.6% of respondents were white, 82.8% male, while 43.6% were aged between the ages of 25 and 32.
  • Almost nine in ten had had a raise in the last year.
  • 72.5% had a personal blog.
  • Over 97% of respondents said they were excited by their work. 78.6% said they were frequently or very frequently excited.
  • Just under 20% said their next career move would be to start their own business.
  • More than 58% were aged under 32, and just 3.9% aged 50+.
  • 46.7% earned less than $40,000 (£19,700) per year, with 17.1% earning under $10,000, presumably on a part-time / freelance basis.

Related research:
Web Design Best Practice Guide

Related links:
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Graham Charlton

Published 23 October, 2007 by Graham Charlton

Graham Charlton is the former Editor-in-Chief at Econsultancy. Follow him on Twitter or connect via Linkedin or Google+

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Great survey and yes this is representative of the candidates in the web design industry.

almost 6 years ago

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