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Working As A Senior User Experience Designer

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

  • $98,372

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior 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 Senior 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 Designer 3.2 years
Visual Designer 2.4 years
Lead Web Designer 2.3 years
Top Employers Before
Designer 3.9%
Top Employers After
Consultant 2.5%
Director 1.8%

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Senior User Experience Designer Demographics

Gender

Male

67.5%

Female

28.7%

Unknown

3.8%
Ethnicity

White

57.1%

Hispanic or Latino

14.3%

Asian

14.2%

Black or African American

9.8%

Unknown

4.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

31.3%

Japanese

12.5%

Italian

12.5%

Portuguese

6.3%

Gujarati

6.3%

German

6.3%

French

6.3%

Catalan

6.3%

Hindi

6.3%

Korean

6.3%
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Senior User Experience Designer Education

Schools

DePaul University

9.7%

Savannah College of Art and Design

8.9%

Art Center College of Design

7.3%

Rochester Institute of Technology

5.6%

San Jose State University

4.8%

University of Washington

4.8%

Academy of Art University

4.8%

Stanford University

4.8%

Fashion Institute of Technology

4.8%

San Francisco State University

4.8%

University of Texas at Austin

4.8%

University of California - San Diego

4.0%

New York University

4.0%

Iowa State University

4.0%

Pratt Institute-Main

4.0%

Art Institute of Seattle

4.0%

Florida State University

4.0%

Colorado State University

4.0%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.2%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.2%
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Majors

Graphic Design

28.1%

Fine Arts

10.5%

Computer Science

8.1%

Computer Applications

8.1%

Design And Visual Communication

6.1%

Business

6.1%

Human Computer Interaction

4.6%

Communication

3.7%

Psychology

3.1%

Computer Information Systems

3.1%

Marketing

2.4%

Information Technology

2.4%

English

2.2%

Education

2.0%

Graphic Communications

1.8%

Advertising

1.8%

Entertainment Business

1.5%

Digital Media

1.5%

Experimental Psychology

1.5%

Drafting And Design

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.5%

Masters

24.3%

Other

16.8%

Associate

6.0%

Certificate

4.8%

Diploma

1.4%

Doctorate

1.0%

License

0.2%
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Real Senior User Experience Designer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior User Experience Designer Salesforce.Com San Francisco, CA Oct 19, 2016 $170,000
User Experience Designer, Lead (Senior) Adobe Systems Incorporated San Francisco, CA Aug 14, 2015 $169,715
Senior UX Designer Populus Group LLC New York, NY Jul 21, 2015 $166,960
Senior User Experience Designer Librato, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 08, 2015 $160,000
Senior User Experience Designer Librato, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 22, 2015 $160,000
SR. UX Designer Nextev LLC San Jose, CA Jul 25, 2016 $160,000
Senior UX Designer Tradeshift, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 09, 2016 $160,000
Senior User Experience Designer Librato, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 12, 2016 $160,000
Senior User Experience Designer Evernote Corporation Redwood City, CA May 19, 2016 $154,000
Senior User Experience Designer Evernote Corporation Redwood City, CA Aug 17, 2016 $154,000
Senior Principal UX Designer Veritas Technologies LLC Mountain View, CA Sep 13, 2016 $153,508
Senior User Experience Designer Brightroll, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Jul 30, 2015 $153,462 -
$165,000
Senior UX Designer EMC Corporation Santa Clara, CA Nov 20, 2015 $131,269
Senior UX Designer Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Nov 14, 2016 $130,603 -
$140,000
SR. UX Designer Nutanix, Inc. San Jose, CA Jan 14, 2016 $130,000 -
$190,000
Senior Designer, User Experience-Vudu Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Oct 22, 2015 $130,000
Senior User Experience Designer Polaris Wireless Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 12, 2016 $130,000
Senior User Experience Designer Polaris Wireless Inc. Mountain View, CA Jul 31, 2016 $130,000
Senior Ux/Ui Designer Yourpeople, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jul 30, 2015 $130,000
Senior User Experience Designer Polaris Wireless Inc. Mountain View, CA Dec 08, 2016 $130,000
Senior User Experience Designer Autodesk, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 17, 2015 $114,400 -
$159,400
Senior UX Designer Zillow, Inc. Seattle, WA May 07, 2016 $113,027 -
$191,800
Senior User Experience Designer Devicebook, Inc. Bellevue, WA Sep 05, 2016 $113,027 -
$150,000
Senior User Experience Designer II Samsung Electronics America, Inc. New York, NY Jul 28, 2015 $111,114 -
$115,000
Senior UX Designer Procore Technologies, Inc. Carpinteria, CA Nov 14, 2016 $110,053 -
$132,000
Senior UX Designer RGB Systems Anaheim, CA Jan 08, 2016 $110,000
Senior UI UX Designer Ergun Development LLC San Francisco, CA Sep 09, 2016 $110,000 -
$120,000
Senior User Experience Designer GE Healthcare IITS USA Corp. Seattle, WA Oct 08, 2016 $110,000 -
$120,000

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Top Skills for A Senior User Experience Designer

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  1. Web Design
  2. User Interface
  3. Wire Frames
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  • Provided effective and functional web designs to customers that met their specific business/personal needs.
  • Experienced in designing / updating effective and visually appealing user interface prototypes based on established visual design and usability standards.
  • Design consisted of creating wire frames, mock-ups, and prototypes for many large clients in business relations.
  • Prepared and performed usability tests, including creating reports.
  • Developed fast loading images using Adobe Photoshop CS3.

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