A manager I had at a previous job, a consultancy company, complained that he couldn’t motivate the same price for an Interface Developer as a “proper” developer when dealing with customers.
The first point that springs to mind is that if you develop a web site, you would want it to be viewable by as many people as possible, right? No matter what web browser they have, what platform they’re on, any potential disability they might have. That most people can interact and navigate around in the web site. Together with that, you’d probably want the content marked up in a correct way for indexing by search engines, gaining the possibility to reach even more people.
And this, apparently, isn’t worth to pay that much for?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that Interface Development is worth more than System Developers, Art Directors, Copy Writers, User Experience Experts and so on. My point is that all those roles are vital for delivering a high-quality web site, and that they are worth about the same for reaching success.
Not enough education?
Maybe it is because some Interface Developers don’t have five years at a university (yours truly included), but I would say that in this craft, real-world experience is more important than ever. Besides, lots of people developing web interfaces nowadays do have a Bachelor’s degree or something equivalent, so don’t worry if that’s an important factor to you.
Not real coders?
Maybe a long time ago, people coding HTML only knew about
table elements and that was it. But from my own experience, and from most people I meet today, an Interface Developer is just as skilled as any System/Web Developer when it comes logical thinking, syntax and development environment knowledge and technical know-how.
They have chosen to develop web interfaces, out of interest, but could just as well have become .NET Developers, Java Experts or PHP Gods. It’s their favorite trade, not something forced upon them because they are the least competent Web Developer in the team.
So, you tell me. Am I wrong, and Interface Developers are indeed less worthy? Or are they just as any other type of developer?