With the Internet growing as a marketplace, jobs that involve web design can be found in increasingly exotic and tropical locales and with the growth of online education, potential webmasters can earn a masters degree online or improve their skill set without being tied to a campus. All a webmaster needs to work is the proper software and an Internet connection. With those two things, he or she can telecommute to work from any bucolic seaside hut, provided the hut has proper electrical wiring, of course!
In the United States, many webmasters work in southern cities renowned for their beach life, tropical fauna or just plain warm temperatures. The Los Angeles metropolitan area employs 9,100 web developers, the third-largest such community in America, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Los Angeles is located in Southern California, a region that experiences a pleasantly warm climate year-round. The metropolis is also renowned for being a hub for entertainment attractions, including nearby Hollywood and Disneyland.
Other southern U.S. cities home to large numbers of employed webmasters include Dallas, Texas (7,510 employed in 2011), Atlanta, Georgia (5,850 employed in 2011), and San Jose, California (5,710 employed in 2011). These Southern U.S. cities all feature balmy climates, keeping their citizens much warmer than their counterparts in the frigid northern regions. Northern cities that employ large numbers of webmasters include New York City (13,800 employed in 2011), Seattle, Washington (7,910 employed in 2011), and Boston, Massachusetts (7,010 employed in 2011).
The workplace of a webmaster is a lot different than what most people would consider to be a typical workplace for a traditional job. Webmasters build websites. There is a lot of technically detailed work that goes into website building projects, such as ensuring that different browser programs can properly access a website or building new multimedia features into a website. Computers are necessary to perform this work and much of the work is performed in isolation.
As a result, a webmaster can work anywhere that an Internet connection exists. It has become a popular choice of employment for freelance workers, as webmasters can work from home, no matter where home is. The wide spread of Internet access to international locales means that webmaster work is now more available in tropical regions than ever before. For example, Caribbean webmasters is a web and mobile application design firm that operates out of the Caribbean tropical resort paradise of Barbados. Especially in destinations with healthy resort and hospitality industries, which contain many businesses that want to build a web presence, the ability to find webmaster work is growing.
Many people dream of being their own boss. And becoming a webmaster is certainly one way to pursue that dream. The Internet makes it more possible than ever before. For many webmasters, they love the idea that they can work anywhere they want.
When an office is on a computer, the world is the workplace. A webmaster can plug in that computer and work in Hawaii, or Singapore, or the Virgin Islands. Or how about Rio for Carnival, and Sydney for Christmas? For a webmaster with a solid portfolio, the toughest question might just be, which tropical isle to call home?