Career path for web designers

In my previous post on creating a professional body for web designers I suggested that one of its functions should be to help with the ‘continued professional development of its members’. Coming out of chemical engineering [note engineering not chemistry], which is a traditional vocation with well worn career paths and heirarchies, I always felt a little lost as a web designer in terms of where I was headed. Essentially as you gain more experience, there are three ways to go:

  1. Journeyman
  2. Manager
  3. Master

Christina Wodtke has been considering these options, why we can get stuck in them, and why we shouldn’t be afraid to branch out while still retaining our identity as designers.