How Do I Become an Interactive Developer?

G. Wiesen
G. Wiesen
Woman doing a handstand with a computer
Woman doing a handstand with a computer

If you want to become an interactive developer, you should typically begin with an education in computer science and programming or a focus on interactive design and user interface (UI) design. Many companies look for either an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in interactive design or a related field from potential candidates. You should also try to develop your professional portfolio, to demonstrate your understanding of various applications and software used in creating websites and other interactive products. Once you have the education and experience you need, then you can become an interactive developer by looking for opportunities with software companies, web design firms, and other businesses.

To become an interactive developer, you should begin by considering the education expected by many potential employers. While a degree is not essential in all instances, having an associate’s or bachelor’s degree can help give you an advantage over competing candidates. An associate’s degree can typically be earned in only two years, while a bachelor’s degree usually takes four years to complete, and either degree can help you become an interactive developer. The classes you take as you earn a degree are likely to teach you to program software and interactive applications through various programs and methods used in the software industry.

While a degree can help you become an interactive developer, you should also create a portfolio that demonstrates your work. This can be work that you do for free, usually for friends or family members in need of a website, or work done while in school. You might also look for opportunities to become an intern at a software company to help you gain professional experience and develop contacts within the industry. The work in your portfolio should demonstrate various aspects of interactive design and development, showcasing your work and illustrating the different programs you can use to create various interactive applications.

You can then become an interactive developer by looking for companies that are hiring. Software companies and developers often employ interactive developers to create the user interface and other aspects of a software program. There are also companies that create websites for other businesses, which often require interactive developers to help create those sites, and some businesses may keep developers on staff to create and manage the company’s website. You can also look for opportunities to become an interactive developer at companies involved in the development of hardware with an interactive user interface such as new gaming systems, mobile telephones, and even motor vehicles.

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