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Working As A Lead User Experience Designer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $110,460

    Average Salary

What Does A Lead User Experience Designer Do

Software developers are the creative minds behind computer programs. Some develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer or another device. Others develop the underlying systems that run the devices or that control networks.

Duties

Software developers typically do the following:

  • Analyze users’ needs and then design, test, and develop software to meet those needs
  • Recommend software upgrades for customers’ existing programs and systems
  • Design each piece of an application or a system and plan how the pieces will work together
  • Create a variety of models and diagrams (such as flowcharts) that instruct programmers how to write software code
  • Ensure that a program continues to function normally through software maintenance and testing
  • Document every aspect of an application or a system as a reference for future maintenance and upgrades
  • Collaborate with other computer specialists to create optimum software

Software developers are in charge of the entire development process for a software program. They may begin by asking how the customer plans to use the software. They must identify the core functionality that users need from software programs. Software developers must also determine user requirements that are unrelated to the functionality of software, such as the level of security and performance needs. They design the program and then give instructions to programmers, who write computer code and test it.

If the program does not work as expected or if testers find it too difficult to use, software developers go back to the design process to fix the problems or improve the program. After the program is released to the customer, a developer may perform upgrades and maintenance.

Developers usually work closely with computer programmers. However, in some companies, developers write code themselves instead of giving instructions to the programmers.

Developers who supervise a software project from the planning stages through implementation sometimes are called information technology (IT) project managers. These workers monitor the project’s progress to ensure that it meets deadlines, standards, and cost targets. IT project managers who plan and direct an organization’s IT department or IT policies are included in the profile on computer and information systems managers.

The following are examples of types of software developers:

Applications software developers design computer applications, such as word processors and games, for consumers. They may create custom software for a specific customer or commercial software to be sold to the general public. Some applications software developers create complex databases for organizations. They also create programs that people use over the Internet and within a company’s intranet.

Systems software developers create the systems that keep computers functioning properly. These could be operating systems for computers that the general public buys or systems built specifically for an organization. Often, systems software developers also build the system’s interface, which is what allows users to interact with the computer. Systems software developers are creating the operating systems that control most of the consumer electronics in use today, including the systems in phones or cars.

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How To Become A Lead User Experience Designer

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree in computer science and strong computer programming skills.

Education

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree, typically in computer science, software engineering, or a related field. A degree in mathematics is also acceptable. Computer science degree programs are the most common, because they tend to cover a broad range of topics. Students should focus on classes related to building software in order to better prepare themselves for work in the occupation. For some positions, employers may prefer a master’s degree.

Although writing code is not their first priority, developers must have a strong background in computer programming. They usually gain this experience in school. Throughout their career, developers must keep up to date on new tools and computer languages.

Software developers also need skills related to the industry in which they work. Developers working in a bank, for example, should have knowledge of finance so that they can understand a bank’s computing needs.

Other Experience

Many students gain experience in software development by completing an internship at a software company while in college.

Some software developers first work as computer programmers and then are given more responsibility as they gain experience. Eventually, they become developers.

Advancement

Software developers can advance to become information technology (IT) project managers, also called computer and information systems managers, a position in which they oversee the software development process.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Developers must analyze users’ needs and then design software to meet those needs.

Communication skills. Developers must be able to give clear instructions to others working on a project. They must also explain to their customers how the software works and answer any questions that arise.

Computer skills. Developers must understand computer capabilities and programming languages in order to design effective software.

Creativity. Developers are the creative minds behind new computer software.

Detail oriented. Developers often work on many parts of an application or system at the same time and must therefore be able to concentrate and pay attention to detail.

Interpersonal skills. Software developers must be able to work well with others who contribute to designing, developing, and programming successful software.

Problem-solving skills. Because developers are in charge of software from beginning to end, they must be able to solve problems that arise throughout the design process.

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Average Length of Employment
Lead Web Designer 2.3 years
Top Employers Before
Designer 2.8%
Top Employers After
Director 1.7%

Lead User Experience Designer Demographics

Gender

Male

71.9%

Female

24.5%

Unknown

3.6%
Ethnicity

White

73.4%

Asian

14.4%

Hispanic or Latino

8.4%

Unknown

2.5%

Black or African American

1.3%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

26.7%

Chinese

13.3%

German

13.3%

Japanese

13.3%

Gujarati

6.7%

Hindi

6.7%

Mandarin

6.7%

Korean

6.7%

Russian

6.7%
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Lead User Experience Designer Education

Schools

Savannah College of Art and Design

12.9%

DePaul University

8.2%

Carnegie Mellon University

8.2%

Stanford University

5.9%

Academy of Art University

4.7%

Wayne State University

4.7%

Brigham Young University

4.7%

Art Institute of Atlanta

4.7%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.7%

University of Phoenix

4.7%

San Francisco State University

4.7%

San Jose State University

3.5%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

3.5%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.5%

Indiana University Bloomington

3.5%

California State University - Chico

3.5%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

3.5%

Iowa State University

3.5%

Rhode Island School of Design

3.5%

Florida State University

3.5%
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Majors

Graphic Design

25.7%

Fine Arts

8.5%

Computer Science

7.7%

Design And Visual Communication

7.4%

Computer Applications

6.6%

Business

6.6%

Human Computer Interaction

5.1%

Marketing

4.4%

Computer Information Systems

4.0%

Communication

3.7%

Psychology

3.3%

Management

2.6%

Photography

2.6%

Animation

2.2%

English

1.8%

Engineering

1.8%

Information Technology

1.8%

Electrical Engineering

1.5%

Education

1.5%

Entertainment Business

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.5%

Masters

26.6%

Other

17.8%

Certificate

4.9%

Associate

3.6%

Doctorate

1.4%

Diploma

0.3%
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Real Lead User Experience Designer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Lead User Experience Designer Vmware, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Nov 28, 2016 $170,000
Lead UX Designer Evernote Corporation Redwood City, CA Sep 01, 2015 $165,000
Lead User Experience Designer Docusign, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 29, 2016 $165,000
Lead User Experience Designer Docusign, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 24, 2015 $160,000
User Experience Lead Insight Methods, Inc. Oakton, VA Jan 09, 2016 $156,525
User Experience Lead Insight Methods, Inc. CA Dec 24, 2012 $156,525
User Experience Lead Insight Methods, Inc. Sterling, VA Sep 04, 2014 $156,525
Lead User Experience Designer Dwolla, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 12, 2015 $154,000 -
$165,000
Lead User Experience Designer Qubole Inc. Mountain View, CA Feb 22, 2016 $150,000
UX Lead Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 16, 2016 $148,788
UX Lead Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Oct 01, 2011 $141,110
Lead, UX Design Directv LLC El Segundo, CA Sep 20, 2016 $141,028
Lead Manager, User Experience Design T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. Owings Mills, MD May 23, 2015 $123,500
UX Lead Avanade Inc. New York, NY Sep 13, 2013 $122,800
Lead UX Designer Ixonos USA, Ltd San Francisco, CA Aug 15, 2014 $120,000
User Experience (UX) Design Lead Optaros, Inc. Boston, MA Oct 01, 2010 $120,000
Lead User Experience Designer Insidr, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 01, 2012 $120,000
Lead UX Designer Bottlenose, Inc. CA Apr 09, 2016 $120,000
Lead User Experience Designer Stellar Development Foundation San Francisco, CA Aug 24, 2015 $97,469
User Experience Leads Directly, Inc. San Francisco, CA Nov 10, 2016 $96,866
Lead Manager, User Experience Design T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. Owings Mills, MD May 23, 2016 $95,784 -
$155,600
Lead UX Designer Initme, Inc. San Francisco, CA Nov 07, 2012 $92,789 -
$108,888
Lead User Experience Designer Successfactors, Inc. South San Francisco, CA Aug 19, 2015 $92,055 -
$145,350
Lead User Experience Designer Intralinks, Inc. MA Sep 16, 2014 $92,000 -
$110,000

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Top Skills for A Lead User Experience Designer

WebApplicationsUserExperienceDesignerUserInterfaceDesignWireframesHtml/CssUsabilityProductDevelopmentAdobePhotoshopContentStrategyApplicationDevelopmentJqueryIllustratorInformationArchitectureVisualDesignIOSUserResearchJavascriptCss3AndroidAxure

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Top Lead User Experience Designer Skills

  1. Web Applications
  2. User Experience Designer
  3. User Interface Design
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Directed Design & Strategy for enterprise web applications, marketing websites, and branding focused on User Centered Design.
  • Lead User Experience designer for PayPal Integration demo tool.
  • Manage a team performing User Interface Design and Information Architecture tasks as well as performing those tasks.
  • Translated all content, as provided by the content management team, into site wireframes.
  • Implemented HTML/CSS front end work for the Tater Tot's website and Kickstarter project site (http://worleylightworx.com/)

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