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    New to Web Development, Degree?

    I am not sure if this is the correct area to post this, so sorry if it is not.
    I graduated from college with a degree in a non-computer science background, but have recently decided to pursue web development/design and have been accepted into a local university in a major metropolitan area. I was hoping to hear from people on this board, is it worth it to go back to school for computer science, or is it possible to obtain a job in this field without a computer science degree? Not sure if I can use online tools such as Treehouse/CodeAcademy in conjunction with taking classes at a local community college to pursue this career. I don't have a strong background in web development, but do have experience in graphic design.
    Any thoughts or feedback would be great,
    Thank you.

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    My only degree is a bachelor of fine arts in music education, so I guess it's not required. (I work mainly as a server-side web developer for a dot.com that has been one of Fortune's fastest growing companies for the past 2-3 years, and probably less than half of our developers actually have any sort of computer-related degree). I'm not saying that some concentrated study and even a relevant degree would not help -- just that it's not strictly necessary if you have the desired skills and attitude, though having a degree can help get past the HR screening when applying for your first job.
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    Thank you NogDog. The feedback really helps. Will I still be competitive in the current environment if I am able to create a strong portfolio? I have read many stories about web development positions being outsourced.
    Thank you.

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    It probably depends on what you specifically want to do. If we're talking about fairly "standard" web sites where the client simply wants a web presence and perhaps an on-line store for a few products, then yes, you're probably competing with a lot of companies that provide such services, including those that use a lot of off-shore out-sourcing. Probably the more fruitful opportunities are in companies doing something new/different on the web that need a lot of custom development. They'll have a team of in-house developers creating new application code, others just gathering and manipulating data, and so forth -- in other words, not just another WordPress site.
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