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Working As An User Experience Architect

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

  • $109,000

    Average Salary

What Does An User Experience Architect 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 An User Experience Architect

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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User Experience Architect Career Paths

User Experience Architect
Senior User Experience Designer Creative Director Vice President
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior User Experience Designer Creative Director
Director Of User Experience
10 Yearsyrs
Senior User Experience Designer
User Experience Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Manager Product Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Team Leader Project Manager
Engagement Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Manager Product Manager
Product Development Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Lead User Experience Designer Design Director Engineering Director
Product Director
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Web Designer Senior Web Developer Information Technology Project Manager
Enterprise Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Web Designer Senior Web Developer Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Web Designer Design Manager Technical Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
User Experience Manager Senior Product Manager
Principal Product Manager
10 Yearsyrs
User Experience Manager Senior Product Manager Co-Founder
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
9 Yearsyrs
Lead User Experience Designer User Experience Manager Senior Product Manager
Vice President, Product Management
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Lead User Experience Designer Project Manager Technical Project Manager
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Human Factors Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Enterprise Architect
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Design Consultant Instructional Designer User Experience Designer
Product Lead
7 Yearsyrs
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User Experience Architect Demographics

Gender

Male

61.4%

Female

25.9%

Unknown

12.7%
Ethnicity

White

57.8%

Hispanic or Latino

14.5%

Asian

12.8%

Black or African American

10.6%

Unknown

4.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

22.2%

German

11.1%

Japanese

11.1%

Swedish

5.6%

Portuguese

5.6%

Chinese

5.6%

French

5.6%

Bengali

5.6%

Hebrew

5.6%

Mandarin

5.6%

Arabic

5.6%

Italian

5.6%

Hindi

5.6%
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User Experience Architect Education

Schools

DePaul University

11.4%

University of Washington

10.0%

Carnegie Mellon University

7.9%

University of Texas at Austin

7.1%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

6.4%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

6.4%

Rochester Institute of Technology

6.4%

New York University

5.0%

University of California - Berkeley

4.3%

Syracuse University

3.6%

University of California - San Diego

3.6%

Ohio State University

3.6%

Columbia University

3.6%

Kent State University

3.6%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

2.9%

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2.9%

San Jose State University

2.9%

University of California - Los Angeles

2.9%

Northeastern University

2.9%

Stanford University

2.9%
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Majors

Graphic Design

15.4%

Computer Science

13.6%

Human Computer Interaction

8.8%

Fine Arts

8.3%

Business

7.8%

Psychology

5.6%

Communication

4.8%

Computer Applications

4.8%

Computer Information Systems

4.0%

Computer Engineering

3.3%

Design And Visual Communication

3.0%

English

3.0%

Marketing

3.0%

Information Sciences

2.8%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.3%

Management

2.0%

Information Technology

2.0%

Engineering

2.0%

Economics

1.8%

Information Systems

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.2%

Masters

31.1%

Other

11.3%

Certificate

5.4%

Associate

3.4%

Doctorate

2.9%

Diploma

0.9%
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
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Avg Experience Level
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How much does a User Experience Architect make at top companies?
The national average salary for an User Experience Architect in the United States is $109,612 per year or $53 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $74,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $160,000.

Real User Experience Architect Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
User Interaction Architect Populus Group Iselin, NJ Apr 27, 2015 $177,395
User Interaction Architect Populus Group, LLC Iselin, NJ Oct 27, 2015 $177,395
User Experience Architect Informatica Corporation Redwood City, CA Jul 12, 2015 $168,000
Senior User Experience Architect Lab49, Inc. New York, NY Jun 30, 2016 $150,000 -
$170,000
Experience Architect-Analytics Cloud Salesforce.com, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 11, 2015 $146,900
Senior User Experience Architect Eventbrite, Inc. San Francisco, CA Apr 06, 2015 $140,000
Senior User Experience Architect Eventbrite, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 02, 2015 $140,000
User Experience Architect Dglogik, Inc. South San Francisco, CA Dec 14, 2015 $140,000
Senior User Experience Architect Eventbrite, Inc. San Francisco, CA Nov 09, 2016 $140,000
Senior User Experience Architect Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. San Bruno, CA Jan 19, 2016 $133,630
Associate Architect-UI Virtusa Corporation Westborough, MA Jul 21, 2016 $126,000
UI Architect Techaspect Solutions Inc. Canton, MI Oct 09, 2016 $125,000
Chief Ux/Ui Architect Upside Commerce, Inc. Bellevue, WA Sep 18, 2015 $125,000
User Experience Architects The Dotcom.Team, LLC Braintree Town, MA Jan 12, 2015 $122,500
User Experience Architect-Optum Optum Services, Inc. Rocky Hill, CT Aug 03, 2015 $108,576 -
$113,576
User Experience Architect Rockwell Automation, Inc. Mayfield Heights, OH Nov 02, 2015 $108,150
Software Developer-User Experience Architect Blackwell Global Consulting, LLC Hartford, CT Jul 25, 2016 $107,600
Senior User Experience Architect West Services, Inc. Eagan, MN Feb 23, 2015 $106,205
User Experience Architect X.Commerce King of Prussia, PA Sep 28, 2015 $106,000
User Experience Architect X. Commerce, Inc. Culver City, CA Dec 21, 2015 $106,000
User Experience Architect Team Detroit LLC Dearborn, MI Apr 20, 2016 $105,000
UX Architect Brillio, LLC McLean, VA Aug 28, 2016 $85,000
Ui/Ux Architect Ozark Services Inc. Springfield, MO Jan 08, 2016 $85,000
SR. User Experience Architect Orbitz Worldwide, LLC Chicago, IL Oct 01, 2015 $84,906
User Experience Architect Rockwell Automation, Inc. Mayfield Heights, OH Oct 22, 2015 $84,000 -
$103,000
UX Architect Harman Connected Services, Inc. Plano, TX Aug 26, 2016 $82,000 -
$115,000
User Interface Architect Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. Farmers Branch, TX Jul 22, 2016 $81,952 -
$125,000
User Interface Architect Expeditors Management Services LLC Farmers Branch, TX Jul 22, 2016 $81,952 -
$125,000

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Top Skills for An User Experience Architect

  1. User Interface
  2. Wire Frames
  3. Usability Tests
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  • Partner with product management and product development teams -- to provide intuitive user interfaces, and effective functional specifications.
  • Determined the UX strategies and translated user needs analysis into site map, wire frames, and functional specifications.
  • Performed iterative heuristic evaluations and usability tests for both hardware and software prototypes throughout development.
  • Lead rapid prototyping team, collaborating with usability analyst information architect and designers on building interactive prototypes for usability testing.
  • Created overall information architecture and navigation as well as new data visualization and interaction components to increase the engineer's productivity.

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