Can I get a job with just HTML and CSS?
If you go down a rabbit-hole on Reddit (this Reddit thread) is an interesting one to check out) looking for answers to this question, you’ll find answers that run the gamut.
Some developers will insist that with HTML and CSS alone, you’re unlikely to get far. Others will tell you that there is plenty of demand for junior developers who work with just HTML and CSS.
Let’s take a closer look!
But first, if HTML and CSS are so valuable and critical to web design and development, why wouldn’t they be enough to get you a great job?
There are a few arguments you’ll come across.
Firstly, a lot of people know HTML and CSS, so it’s not hard to find someone who can do them. There is a huge demand for these skills, but also a huge supply.
On top of that, a lot of designers and developers know HTML and CSS as well as more advanced skills that they can use to build more interactive, functional websites and web applications. In other words, employers (including many startups) can hire people who know more advanced skills too, so why would they hire someone who has just learned HTML and CSS?
If you know a skill that allows you to build something someone else needs, you can get paid for it! Even if a lot of folks know HTML and CSS, these are valuable skills that clients and employers will pay money for.
And while it’s true that there are always designers and developers with more advanced skill sets than you, employers also recruit and hire for entry-level positions. Sometimes, an employer may require HTML and CSS as a baseline and expect new employees to pick up complementary skills quickly].
In short, you can definitely find work using just HTML and CSS. And if those foundational skills aren’t enough to get you your dream job, you can still use them to start making money while you’re building other skills.
Saying HTML and CSS alone aren’t enough to get you any work in tech is a very narrow way of looking at it. So let’s take a look at the kind of work you can get paid to do with those two skills!