Webmaster | Kids Work!

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What is a Webmaster?

Webmasters are responsible for maintaining and managing Web sites for companies. They know how to develop Web pages and understand the technology behind them. Excellent English and proofreading skills are necessary to make sure that the Web site is well written and free of any spelling errors. Webmasters have good layout and design skills, and are able to create a visually attractive Web site that is consistent with the company’s corporate image. A good base in science and mathematics is needed to understand the computer hardware and software that supports the company’s Web site and Internet connection.

Real People Profile

Name: Jim Blanton
Workplace: ETV
Education: Bachelor of arts
Limestone College, 1970
Favorite Subject(s)
in School:
Theatre; English
First Real Job: Summer intern for the U.S. Postal Service (delivering mail)
Dream Job: Never figured that one out; is there one for which you can make a ton of money to do nothing?
Interests: Old cemeteries (especially finding fun typos on tombstones, such as that of the old Protestant preacher from my home town who “had great influence on Christians everywhere”); the Web; films; fighting for equality for all people.

Real People Q&A

Advice for students interested in my job: 
Start now to learn the technology behind the Web. As I get older, I’m increasingly convinced this is a job for the young.

What subjects in school will students need to do my job? 
Typing, English, Web courses, graphics, computer programming, other computer classes, math, communications, any classes that teach one how to organize, prioritize, communicate, and to work well as a team member.

What I like most about my job?
Learning new skills; working with my colleagues; having a “front row seat” to all the interesting things going on at ETV (by publishing content to scetv.org).

What is the biggest challenge in my job? 
Learning new skills. Web technology changes at a rapid pace, and, as I get older, I find it more and more a challenge to keep up; that’s why I say this a perfect job for young folks.

How do you get a job like mine? 
Virtually every company and every organization in the modern world has a corporate Web site. Webmaster jobs are plentiful.