I'm wondering about web accessibility if it has a demand in big corporates as a job?

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    This looks like a question for workplace.stackexchange.com/users/8462 – James Jenkins Oct 6 '13 at 21:39
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    I doubt it (my comment is not 15 characters in length) – JamesRyan Oct 7 '13 at 16:31
  • Given that big corporations have to adhere to laws and regulations and attempt at not getting sued and to accommodate as many customers as they can to give them money, YES. – DA01 Oct 8 '13 at 21:43
  • (FWIW, I work for a big corporation and we have an accessibility expert) – DA01 Oct 9 '13 at 0:11

Not sure about big corporates (as you asked in your question), but I expect you to have more luck with government organizations. Governments are usually required to make their websites accessible for as wide an audience as possible.

  • Although if the big corporation has a product that it wants to sell to any government agency, it has to be 508 compliant. – elemjay19 Oct 8 '13 at 21:17
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    And if the company wants to sell products, they'd be stupid to not attempt to accommodate everyone that wants to hand them their money. (* yes, I know, a lot of big corporations are stupid) – DA01 Oct 8 '13 at 21:44
  • @DA01, unfortunately it doesn't work like that. If the cost of implementation is higher than the possible revenue from the users requiring accessibility implementations most companies simply won't do it. – vincent.io Oct 9 '13 at 7:53
  • @VincentvanScherpenseel while I agree, the mistake many companies make is assuming it costs more to build accessible web sites. It doesn't. It just takes better planning (* yes, I know, a lot of big corporations suck at planning) – DA01 Oct 9 '13 at 14:51

Among corporations that sell products to government agencies, web developers who have knowledge of web accessibility will be favored over equivalent developers without web accessibility experience. Frequently governments require any product they purchase to be compliant (in the US it's Section 508 compliant).

Now, if your question is whether the position "Web Accessibility Expect" is in high demand, that's a bit more niche. If a corporation wants to have a company-wide Accessibility policy and guidelines, they might have an Accessibility team that is responsible for coming up with those policies, checking their products to insure compliance, and working with product developers on problems they encounter while making their product accessible. If you wanted to be the "Web Accessibility Expect" on such a team, you'd need to be intimately familiar with HTML5, WAI-ARIA, Section 508, other web technologies (I'd obviously not get this job) and be able to assist developers who are using them.

So, having web accessibility knowledge is probably going to bump you up in the pile of devs if the company wants to sell to a government agency but getting a job just doing web accessibility is something you'd have to search out with a bit more effort.

Note: I'd link to the section508.gov site but it's down right now.

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