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Working As A Senior Interactive Designer

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

  • $110,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Interactive 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 Senior Interactive 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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Senior Interactive Designer Career Paths

Senior Interactive Designer
Associate Creative Director Creative Director Co-Founder
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Solutions Architect
Customer Relationship Management Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Lead User Experience Designer User Experience Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Interactive Art Director Design Director Development Director
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Senior User Experience Designer User Experience Manager
Director Of User Experience
10 Yearsyrs
Associate Creative Director Art Director
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Art Director Marketing Manager Senior Product Manager
Principal Product Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Design Director Creative Director Marketing Director
Product Management Director
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Information Architect Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Senior Software Engineer Engineering Director
Senior Director Of Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Interactive Art Director User Interaction Designer Interactive Developer
Senior Java Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Creative Director Marketing Director Senior Consultant
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Design Director Adjunct Professor
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Creative Director Adjunct Professor Senior Project Manager
Senior Technical Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior User Experience Designer User Experience Architect
User Experience Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Information Architect User Experience Designer Product Manager
Vice President, Product Management
13 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Development Manager Director Of Software Development
Vice President, Software Development
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Art Director Design Manager Senior Project Manager
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
User Experience Manager Senior Manager Product Management Director
Vice President-Products
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Lead Web Designer 2.3 years
Top Employers Before
Designer 5.2%
Top Employers After
Consultant 3.9%

Senior Interactive Designer Demographics

Gender

Male

71.4%

Female

25.7%

Unknown

2.9%
Ethnicity

White

74.6%

Asian

15.7%

Hispanic or Latino

8.0%

Unknown

1.4%

Black or African American

0.4%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

41.7%

French

16.7%

Cantonese

8.3%

Japanese

8.3%

Hindi

8.3%

Korean

8.3%

Italian

8.3%
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Senior Interactive Designer Education

Schools

University of California - San Diego

7.7%

New York University

7.7%

Rhode Island School of Design

7.7%

Savannah College of Art and Design

6.4%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

6.4%

Carnegie Mellon University

6.4%

DePaul University

5.1%

University of California - Berkeley

5.1%

Art Institute of Pittsburgh

5.1%

Emerson College

3.8%

San Jose State University

3.8%

University of Washington

3.8%

Ringling College of Art and Design

3.8%

Texas State University

3.8%

Temple University

3.8%

Sonoma State University

3.8%

University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth

3.8%

Art Center College of Design

3.8%

Michigan State University

3.8%

Pratt Institute-Main

3.8%
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Majors

Graphic Design

28.2%

Fine Arts

12.1%

Design And Visual Communication

8.9%

Computer Applications

6.5%

Human Computer Interaction

5.2%

Computer Science

5.2%

Business

4.8%

Communication

4.4%

Photography

3.2%

Digital Media

2.8%

Marketing

2.4%

Advertising

2.4%

Animation

2.0%

Computer Networking

2.0%

Entertainment Business

1.6%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.6%

Writing

1.6%

Graphic Communications

1.6%

English

1.6%

Visual And Performing Arts

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

50.3%

Masters

21.9%

Other

17.2%

Associate

5.9%

Certificate

2.8%

Diploma

1.3%

Doctorate

0.6%
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Real Senior Interactive Designer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SR. Interaction Designer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Sep 14, 2015 $165,006 -
$185,000
Senior Interaction Designer Meltwater News Us1 Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 26, 2014 $165,000
Interaction Designer, Senior Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA May 02, 2016 $152,776 -
$172,776
Senior Interaction Designer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Nov 08, 2016 $150,175
Senior Interaction Designer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jul 16, 2016 $149,300
Senior Interaction Designer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Mar 11, 2016 $149,300 -
$169,300
Senior Interaction Designer Vmware, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Oct 09, 2016 $147,900
SR. Interaction Designer Google Inc. New York, NY May 30, 2016 $145,400
Senior Interaction Designer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Oct 01, 2013 $140,000
Senior Interaction Designer Intuit Inc. Menlo Park, CA Oct 01, 2014 $140,000
Senior Interaction Designer Intuit Inc. Menlo Park, CA Jan 10, 2014 $140,000
Senior Interaction Designer Aptimus, Inc., An Apollo Education Group, Inc. Com San Francisco, CA Apr 11, 2014 $123,600
Senior Interaction Designer Aptimus, Inc., An Apollo Education Group, Inc. Com San Francisco, CA Apr 10, 2014 $123,600
Senior Interaction Designer Aptimus, Inc., An Apollo Education Group, Inc. Com San Francisco, CA Mar 31, 2014 $123,600
Senior Interaction Designer Intuit Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 22, 2016 $121,738 -
$150,000
Senior Interaction Designer Tibco Software, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Jun 30, 2014 $120,000
Senior Interaction Designer, Mobile Salesforce.Com, Inc. San Francisco, CA Dec 01, 2010 $120,000
Senior Interactive Designer Aptimus, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 01, 2011 $120,000
Senior Interaction Designer, Analytics Salesforce.Com San Francisco, CA May 12, 2015 $108,500
Senior Interaction Designer Intuit Inc. Mountain View, CA Sep 01, 2015 $106,110 -
$152,250
Senior Interaction Designer Autodesk, Inc. San Francisco, CA Mar 15, 2011 $105,622 -
$162,500
Senior Interaction Designer IHS Global Inc. Houston, TX Oct 29, 2015 $105,144
Senior Interaction Designer Huge, LLC Los Angeles, CA Oct 01, 2012 $105,000
Senior Interactive Designer Apollo Group, Inc. Tempe, AZ Jun 18, 2012 $104,816
Senior Interaction Designer Salesforce.Com, Inc. San Mateo, CA Apr 17, 2012 $104,080

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Top Skills for A Senior Interactive Designer

CorporateWebsiteUserInterfaceDesignDesignReviewsWireframesHtmlUserExperienceDevelopmentProcessEmailCampaignsVideoInteractionDesignPlatformArtDirectionVisualDesignCSSWebApplicationsPhotoshopJavascriptInformationArchitectureWebSitesIllustrator

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Top Senior Interactive Designer Skills

  1. Corporate Website
  2. User Interface Design
  3. Design Reviews
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Lead designer for the company's corporate website.
  • Manage a team performing User Interface Design and Information Architecture tasks as well as performing those tasks.
  • Performed design reviews and discount usability tests of developing and existing projects.
  • Created wireframes, site maps, and business flows for various aspects of the project.
  • Hand coded HTML and JavaScript.

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