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When dealing with the web, the possibilities are endless. I’ll tell you right off the bat that you shouldn’t limit yourself just to web design because if you’re computer savvy you can do so much in addition to that.

But first, to answer your questions. You could get jobs as a web designer anywhere, I would suppose. After all, companies in Australia have websites, don’t they? Now you ask how much web designers make. It really depends on your level of experience and who you work for. If you are very good at it, I’ve heard that you can make $70,000 a year or even upwards of $100,000. Like I said, it all depends. Now as for who you work for, I can tell you that I have seen people who do freelance work charge $300 per site they build, and I have seen other freelancers charge $10,000 for a site. It all depends.

My recommendation? Go with freelance work; at least for now. You said you haven’t left school yet, so it probably isn’t easy for you to get a decent job just yet. So ask around and advertise yourself. Build a couple sites for free right now and start building a portfolio so you will be able to attract potential clients in the future. If you want a head start in the freelance field, a great site to start working with is Elance.com. They have SO many different opportunities that will give you invaluable work experience; plus these are REAL jobs that pay good money.

But, as I said earlier, you shouldn’t limit yourself to just that. You could get into stuff like contextual advertising (through Goodle AdSense or Yahoo! Ads) or affiliate marketing (Through Clickbank or a slew of other online entities).

I really hope this helps ? Good luck in all your endeavors. You’re gonna love your career. And remember, don’t limit yourself!

P.S., you aren’t a nerd! It takes some really cool and artisticly-minded individuals to create and design successful websites. You have to target a large group of people and being introverted is going to make you at the very least slightly unaware of what people like. Some of the most successful sites were designed by people who knew what people liked, for example, Facebook. So go ahead and have fun. If you want to contact me for ANY reason- even just to converse or ask me some questions-, you could do so at socisocisoci@yahoo.com :).

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To be a web designer you need a knowledge of:
HTML
CSS
Flash

& ideally:
Javascript
PHP

You can expect to earn $30,000 at least, after graduating.
Graduates with good programming skills as well, expect $40,000.

Top website graphic designers and Flash artists with more than three years’ experience can earn above $50,000.
As you gain more experience (4 years) you can earn about $60,000.

Senior developers with more than six years’ experience, embracing a t least three years on large-scale projects, could earn more than $80,000.

As a guide, programming skills are very useful if you want to work for large companies and/or various advertising sites.


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Great designers (not just web, but all graphic designers) have two tools at their disposal: stock houses, and themselves. http://www.gettyimages.com/ ; http://www.comstock.com/ ; http://www.masterfile.com/ are just a few of the many companies that sell photography and illustrations. If a good designer can’t find a resource that fits his/her need, s/he can create one from scratch. Most graphic work is a combination of both.

http://www.istockphoto.com/ is a good place if you don’t have the resources of a full-time, high-end designer (stock photography can often run more than a thousand dollars per graphic) – iStockPhoto only charges $1-$20 depending on the size and usage.


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The easiest way for a novice to build a web site is to start with a web template. Web Templates can be customized and you can use the layout but swap the graphics etc…. this will get you comfortable with basic HTML design and an HTML editor (like Dreamweaver).

Here are some resources for free or inexpensive templates that are easy to edit and manage.

Webmaster Templates – http://www.webmaster-templates.net
Free Web Templates – http://www.freewebtemplates.com/
Web Design Elements – http://www.webdesign-elements.com
Free Website Templates – http://www.freewebsitetemplates.com/
Free Layouts – http://www.freelayouts.com/
Free Templates Online – http://www.freetemplatesonline.com

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HTML website templates can significantly ease the burden of designing and creating websites by providing webmasters with a ready-made web layout, structure, basic graphics, and color scheme.

The templates can generally be edited and customized with any HTML editor. The biggest advantage for webmasters using ready-made templates is the amount of time that can be saved.


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