Darren Fox is the owner of Idea Marketing Group, a web design and marketing firm located near Chicago that provides creative, unique and cutting-edge websites along with individualized goal-driven marketing.

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Employment of web developers is projected to grow 20 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.” Because of the growing popularity of electronic devices and e-commerce, the field of technology offers a high demand for knowledgeable employees.

What inspired you to enter this field?

“I have always had a passion for creative projects blended with technical challenges, and originally went to school for architecture. I picked up web design and development on the side as a hobby, which transferred into a passion. I went on to achieve two associate degrees – one in web authoring and the other in graphic design.”

What are your thoughts on this ever-evolving field?

“It can be overwhelming, as things which were once considered common practice a year ago are now almost obsolete. It’s exciting to see how quickly technology changes, but it’s exhausting at the same time. I believe in always continuing my education. I read industry journals, I listen to industry experts, and feel that social media has expanded education beyond college to a lifelong learning experience.”

What advice can you offer others looking to enter the field of technology?

“Be ready for change. An education can help provide a foundation to build basic skill-sets, but it is up to the individual to take it to a career level. Use resources online to take on projects. I feel that hands-on is the best for technology, and I encourage on-the-job experience through internships. My education has helped to build my core, but there were other key factors that led to my success.”

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