Technologies come and go, but the Web has become more than a simple protocol and markup language. It's an infrastructure; one that is recognized by most of the general public. unlikely, but the evolution of the Web will be incremental and easily followed. Why? Because the anarchic web with it's open protocols and free programs is too big to be accelerated quickly. The end users will demand a smooth transition. Though the Web is still being pioneered, it is already the defacto standard of multimedia publishing. The significance of that fact is easily lost as we take the Web more and more for granted, but for those with interest in these things, many promising careers are on the rise.
The Web has a finger on every area of traditional computer science along with heavy doses of communication and graphic design mixed in. It bridges the worlds of design-centric QuarkXPress publication, the heavily engineered PC application, and the populous Microsoft Word document. When you combine fields this diverse, you're bound to raise new issues. Usability, interface design, and information architecture are just a few buzzwords that represent huge problem sets in the web development.
Don't come to the web as a designer or a programmer, the results of a singular path are numerous and mediocre. Embrace the new medium for its diversity. Once you look at web development from more than one perspective (eg. technical and visual) you are quickly approaching unexplored territory. Be a pioneer! Be a designer and a programmer! Stick it out and make a name for yourself! The Web is just beginning.