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Become An User Experience Designer

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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

A User Experience Designer, also known as a UX designer, evaluates and modifies systems to increase efficiency and usability. They are responsible for collecting and analyzing data, adjusting and organizing content, and utilizing elements of design to create an attractive interface.

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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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
Principal User Experience Designer Thoughtworks, Inc. Chicago, IL Nov 25, 2015 $205,000
User Experience Designer Netflix Los Gatos, CA Nov 25, 2016 $205,000 -
$245,000
User Experience Design Director AKQA, Inc. New York, NY Apr 20, 2016 $200,928
User Experience Design Manager Vmware, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Jul 18, 2016 $195,000
User Experience Designer Google Inc. New York, NY May 08, 2016 $190,000
Director of UX Design Lumos Labs, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 12, 2016 $184,500
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
User Experience Designer, Lead (Senior) Adobe Systems Incorporated San Francisco, CA Aug 14, 2015 $169,715
Principal UX Designer Appdynamics, Inc. San Francisco, CA Apr 27, 2015 $168,000
Staff Software Engineer-UX Design Becton, Dickinson and Company San Jose, CA Apr 04, 2016 $165,000
Experience Designer Adobe Systems Incorporated San Francisco, CA Jan 14, 2016 $108,680
UX Designer Microsoft Corporation Bellevue, WA Aug 25, 2015 $108,600
UX Designer Shutterstock, Inc. New York, NY Apr 18, 2016 $108,056 -
$130,000
User Experience Designer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jun 21, 2016 $107,403 -
$127,403
User Experience Designer Linkedin Corporation Mountain View, CA Sep 04, 2015 $107,100 -
$147,500
User Experience Designer Ideas Bloomington, MN Feb 18, 2016 $106,912
Experience Designer Capital One Services II LLC San Francisco, CA Aug 20, 2016 $106,600 -
$138,300
UX Designer III Amazon Corporate LLC New York, NY May 12, 2015 $89,700 -
$160,000
UX Designer III Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA May 12, 2015 $89,700 -
$160,000
User Experience Designer The Ultimate Software Group, Inc. San Jose, CA Oct 13, 2015 $89,700 -
$108,493
User Experience Design Consultant IBM India Private Limited New York, NY Aug 25, 2015 $89,388 -
$96,346
User Experience Design Consultant IBM India Private Limited New York, NY Sep 03, 2015 $89,388 -
$96,346
User Experience Design Consultant IBM India Pvt Ltd New York, NY Sep 08, 2015 $89,388 -
$96,346
User Experience Design Consultant IBM India Private Limited Englewood Cliffs, NJ Sep 04, 2015 $89,388 -
$92,404

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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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