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Working As An User Experience Designer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Processing Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $74,000

    Average Salary

What Does An User Experience Designer Do

Web developers design and create websites. They are responsible for the look of the site. They are also responsible for the site’s technical aspects, such as its performance and capacity, which are measures of a website’s speed and how much traffic the site can handle. In addition, web developers may create content for the site.

Duties

Web developers typically do the following:

  • Meet with clients or management to discuss the needs and design of a website
  • Create and test applications for a website
  • Write code for websites, using programming languages such as HTML or XML
  • Work with other team members to determine what information the site will contain
  • Work with graphics and other designers to determine the website’s layout
  • Integrate graphics, audio, and video into the website
  • Monitor website traffic

When creating a website, developers have to make their client’s vision a reality. They build particular types of websites, such as ecommerce, news, or gaming sites, to fit clients’ needs. Different types of websites may require different applications to work right. For example, a gaming site should be able to handle advanced graphics, whereas an ecommerce site needs a payment-processing application. The developer decides which applications and designs will best fit the site.

Some developers handle all aspects of a website’s construction, and others specialize in a certain aspect of it. The following are examples of types of specialized web developers:

Back-end web developers are responsible for the overall technical construction of the website. They create the basic framework of the site and ensure that it works as expected. Back-end web developers also establish procedures for allowing others to add new pages to the website and meet with management to discuss major changes to the site.

Front-end web developers are responsible for how a website looks. They create the site’s layout and integrate graphics, applications (such as a retail checkout tool), and other content. They also write web-design programs in a variety of computer languages, such as HTML or JavaScript.

Webmasters maintain websites and keep them updated. They ensure that websites operate correctly, and they test for errors such as broken links. Many webmasters respond to user comments as well.

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How To Become An User Experience Designer

The typical education needed to become a web developer is an associate’s degree in web design or a related field. Web developers need knowledge of both programming and graphic design.

Education

Educational requirements for web developers vary with the setting they work in and the type of work they do. Requirements range from a high school diploma to a bachelor’s degree. An associate’s degree in web design or related field is the most common requirement.

However, for more technical developer positions, such as back-end web developers, some employers prefer workers who have at least a bachelor’s degree in computer science, programming, or a related field.

Web developers need to have a thorough understanding of HTML programming. The most recent version, HTML5, contains new features that web developers need to understand. Many employers also want developers to understand other programming languages, such as JavaScript or SQL, as well as have some knowledge of multimedia publishing tools, such as Flash. Throughout their career, web developers must keep up to date on new tools and computer languages.

Some employers prefer web developers who have both a computer degree and coursework in graphic design, especially if the developer will be heavily involved in the website’s visual appearance.

Advancement

Web developers who have a bachelor’s degree can advance to become project managers. For more information, see the profile on computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Concentration. Web developers must sit at a computer and write detailed code for long periods.

Creativity. Web developers often are involved in designing the appearance of a website and must make sure that it looks innovative and up to date.

Customer-service skills. Webmasters have to respond politely and correctly to user questions and requests.

Detail oriented. When web developers write in HTML, a minor error could cause an entire webpage to stop working.

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User Experience Designer Career Paths

User Experience Designer
Freelancer Marketing Director Search Engine Optimizer
Content Director
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Interactive Designer Creative Director Writer And Editor
Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Graphic Designer Communications Manager Content Manager
Digital Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Graphic Designer Marketing Specialist Digital Marketing Specialist
Digital Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Web Designer Project Manager Development Manager
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
User Experience Architect User Experience Manager
Director Of User Experience
10 Yearsyrs
Co-Founder Adjunct Professor Senior Software Engineer
Lead Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Product Designer Mechanical Designer Project Engineer
Lead Technician
6 Yearsyrs
Digital Designer Senior Designer Senior Engineer
Principal Software Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Designer Project Manager Product Manager
Product Manager, Mobile
10 Yearsyrs
Co-Founder Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Designer Design Engineer Software Engineer
Senior .NET Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Digital Designer Senior Web Designer Interactive Developer
Senior IOS Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Project Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Senior Java Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Product Manager Sales/Marketing Business Analyst
Senior Programmer Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Product Manager Operations Manager Business Analyst
Senior Quality Assurance Analyst
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Mechanical Engineer Quality Engineer
Senior Quality Assurance Engineer
7 Yearsyrs
Product Designer Design Engineer Senior Engineer
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Web Designer Creative Director User Interaction Designer
Senior Web Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Senior User Experience Designer User Experience Architect
User Experience Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Interface Designer 2.4 years
Lead Web Designer 2.3 years
Web Designer 2.3 years
Visual Designer 2.2 years
Web Developer 2.1 years
Top Employers Before
Web Designer 10.6%
Internship 4.0%
Designer 4.0%
Top Employers After
Designer 3.1%
Internship 2.3%

User Experience Designer Demographics

Gender

Male

57.0%

Female

35.7%

Unknown

7.3%
Ethnicity

White

65.5%

Asian

22.6%

Hispanic or Latino

8.8%

Unknown

2.4%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

26.4%

French

16.3%

Chinese

10.1%

Mandarin

9.3%

German

5.4%

Japanese

5.4%

Russian

4.7%

Italian

3.9%

Korean

3.1%

Hindi

2.3%

Cantonese

2.3%

Portuguese

2.3%

Arabic

2.3%

Hebrew

1.6%

Swedish

0.8%

Gujarati

0.8%

Indonesian

0.8%

Ukrainian

0.8%

Bengali

0.8%

Kazakh

0.8%
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User Experience Designer Education

Schools

University of Washington

9.4%

Savannah College of Art and Design

9.0%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

8.7%

Academy of Art University

8.5%

New York University

7.9%

Carnegie Mellon University

7.5%

Rochester Institute of Technology

6.0%

DePaul University

4.9%

University of Texas at Austin

4.5%

San Jose State University

3.4%

Indiana University Bloomington

3.4%

San Francisco State University

3.2%

Arizona State University

3.2%

Parsons the New School for Design

3.2%

Full Sail University

3.2%

University of California - Berkeley

3.0%

Rhode Island School of Design

3.0%

University of California - San Diego

2.8%

University of California - Los Angeles

2.8%

Michigan State University

2.6%
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Majors

Graphic Design

30.4%

Computer Applications

8.4%

Fine Arts

8.1%

Human Computer Interaction

7.9%

Computer Science

7.4%

Information Technology

6.0%

Business

4.8%

Design And Visual Communication

4.7%

Psychology

2.9%

Computer Information Systems

2.8%

Communication

2.3%

Marketing

2.0%

Digital Media

1.9%

Information Sciences

1.9%

Animation

1.6%

Entertainment Business

1.4%

Photography

1.4%

English

1.4%

Engineering

1.3%

Graphic Communications

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

47.6%

Masters

28.1%

Other

12.3%

Associate

5.2%

Certificate

4.6%

Doctorate

1.5%

Diploma

0.6%
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Real User Experience Designer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
User Experience Designer Netflix, Inc. Los Gatos, CA Jul 11, 2015 $225,000
Principal User Experience Designer Thoughtworks, Inc. Chicago, IL Mar 20, 2016 $205,000
User Experience Designer Netflix Los Gatos, CA Nov 25, 2016 $205,000 -
$245,000
Principal User Experience Designer Thoughtworks, Inc. Chicago, IL Nov 25, 2015 $205,000
User Experience Designer Google Inc. New York, NY May 08, 2016 $190,000
GIM Distribution UX Design Jpmorgan Chase & Co. Jersey City, NJ Jun 20, 2016 $180,000
User Experience Designer Google Inc. New York, NY Dec 16, 2015 $175,000
Principal UX Designer Appdynamics, Inc. San Francisco, CA Apr 27, 2015 $168,000
Ux/Ui Designer Kwamecorp Us, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Aug 04, 2016 $165,000
User Experience Designer Specialist Successfactors, Inc. South San Francisco, CA Sep 14, 2016 $158,931
User Experience Designer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Aug 24, 2016 $157,000 -
$191,000
User Experience Designer III Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA May 23, 2016 $155,000
User Experience Designer Linkedin Corporation Mountain View, CA Sep 19, 2015 $109,762 -
$155,000
User Experience Designer Linkedin Corporation Mountain View, CA Sep 08, 2015 $109,762 -
$155,000
User Experience Center Designer Cisco Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 12, 2015 $109,762 -
$135,000
Experience Designer Adobe Systems Incorporated San Francisco, CA Jan 14, 2016 $108,680
User Experience Designer Sap Labs, LLC Palo Alto, CA Jan 09, 2016 $90,250
User Experience (UX) Designer TP-Link Research America Corp San Jose, CA Sep 14, 2016 $90,000
User Experience and Visual Designer Dots Technologies Inc. New York, NY Aug 15, 2016 $90,000
UX Designer Bloomberg L.P. New York, NY Jul 30, 2015 $90,000 -
$115,000
UX Designer Ginger.IO, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 08, 2015 $90,000
Staff User Experience Interaction Designer Tibco Software Inc. Palo Alto, CA Feb 12, 2015 $90,000
UX Designer Qumulo, Inc. Seattle, WA Aug 26, 2016 $90,000 -
$100,000
UX Designer Off2, Inc. Los Altos, CA Oct 31, 2016 $90,000

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Top Skills for An User Experience Designer

NewWebsiteUserInterfaceUserExperienceWireframesHtmlUsabilityCSSLayoutsAdobePhotoshopJavascriptAdobeIllustratorWebApplicationInformationArchitectureJqueryUserResearchVisualDesignUx/UiAxureCss3Newand/orWebPages

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Top User Experience Designer Skills

  1. New Website
  2. User Interface
  3. User Experience
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Used Adobe Photoshop to design the Pages for the new website.
  • Consulted on product user interface design facilitating greater ease of use and improved human factors.
  • Designed the user experience for a revamped Pet360 user dashboard and new Explore content discovery feature.
  • Produced diverse solution concepts through sketches and wireframes.
  • Designed web pages and banners for www.hob.com to be converted to HTML format.

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