It’s a question we hear all the time and one that doesn’t have a straight answer. Here are a few of our favorite resources to point you in the right direction:
First, read Joe Gillespie’s post Web Design as a Career over at WPDFD, he takes a stab at why this particular phrasing of the question is so hard to answer and talks about the many jobs that fall under the broad term ‘Web Designer’.
WetFeet.com gives a more generic description of the career path, but it’s a great place to start out and is geared towards the student or recent grad.
As for actual resources to help you on your way, Design Mentor Training has a great resource page specifically for Graphic and Web Design. A traditional career research tool is a ‘job outlook‘ – you can look at employment trends, how the industry is growing, and salary ranges.
For more reading, About.com has a great collection of articles on professional web careers.
Finally, experience is key and freelancing is a great way to build up your portfolio and continue to develop your skills. Check out The Monster List of Freelance Job Sites (2009) for where to go to find jobs. A few of our favorites: Freelance Switch, ELance, and Guru.