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Working As An User Interaction Designer

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

  • Repetitive

  • $85,640

    Average Salary

What Does An User Interaction 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 Interaction 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 Interaction Designer Career Paths

User Interaction Designer
Freelance Designer Senior Designer Creative Director
Chief Creative Officer
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Designer Project Leader Technical Writer
Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Freelance Designer Senior Graphic Designer Art Director
Creative Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Functional Consultant Customer Relationship Management Consultant
Customer Development Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Design Consultant Design Director Creative Director
Digital Director
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Graphic Designer Marketing Manager Marketing Manager/Project Manager
Digital Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior User Experience Designer User Experience Architect User Experience Manager
Director Of User Experience
10 Yearsyrs
Freelance Web Developer Web Content Manager Web Manager
Ecommerce Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Freelance Web Designer Senior Web Designer Creative Director
Interactive Director
7 Yearsyrs
Web Application Developer Applications Developer Sharepoint Developer
Platform Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Web Developer Senior Software Engineer Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Interactive Developer Senior Software Engineer Senior Project Manager
Senior Technical Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Lead Designer Design Engineer Sales Engineer
Technical Account Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Interactive Developer Engineer Product Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
User Experience Designer User Experience Architect
User Experience Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Design Consultant Senior Consultant Senior Product Manager
Vice President-Products
13 Yearsyrs
Freelance Web Designer Senior Graphic Designer Web Design/Development
Web Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Visual Designer 2.4 years
Web Designer 2.2 years
Top Employers Before
Designer 5.1%
Internship 3.0%
Top Employers After
Designer 2.4%
Consultant 2.2%

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User Interaction Designer Demographics

Gender

Male

60.6%

Female

32.0%

Unknown

7.4%
Ethnicity

White

48.0%

Asian

24.1%

Hispanic or Latino

14.4%

Black or African American

8.4%

Unknown

5.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

23.6%

Chinese

10.1%

French

10.1%

German

9.0%

Japanese

6.7%

Cantonese

6.7%

Mandarin

6.7%

Korean

5.6%

Russian

3.4%

Polish

3.4%

Arabic

3.4%

Italian

3.4%

Swedish

1.1%

Portuguese

1.1%

Hebrew

1.1%

Icelandic

1.1%

Greek

1.1%

Urdu

1.1%

Hindi

1.1%
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User Interaction Designer Education

Schools

Academy of Art University

17.1%

Savannah College of Art and Design

11.4%

Rochester Institute of Technology

5.7%

Carnegie Mellon University

5.7%

DePaul University

5.7%

George Mason University

4.9%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

4.9%

New York University

4.1%

San Jose State University

4.1%

San Francisco State University

3.7%

Full Sail University

3.7%

Art Institute of Pittsburgh

3.7%

University of California - Berkeley

3.3%

School of Visual Arts

3.3%

University of Washington

3.3%

Ringling College of Art and Design

3.3%

University of California - San Diego

3.3%

Northeastern University

3.3%

Parsons the New School for Design

2.9%

Art Institute of Seattle

2.9%
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Majors

Graphic Design

30.8%

Computer Science

11.9%

Computer Applications

8.7%

Information Technology

7.1%

Fine Arts

6.7%

Design And Visual Communication

5.0%

Business

3.5%

Human Computer Interaction

3.1%

Animation

3.0%

Communication

2.6%

Computer Information Systems

2.6%

Computer Engineering

2.1%

Information Systems

1.9%

Entertainment Business

1.8%

Visual And Performing Arts

1.7%

Psychology

1.7%

Graphic Communications

1.6%

Photography

1.5%

Digital Media

1.5%

Education

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

53.1%

Masters

21.2%

Other

13.9%

Associate

6.0%

Certificate

3.9%

Diploma

1.3%

Doctorate

0.6%
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Real User Interaction Designer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
UI Designer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Jan 05, 2015 $200,000
UI Design and Development Designer Thoughtspot, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Jun 25, 2015 $175,000
Interaction/Ui Designer Upthere Palo Alto, CA Sep 11, 2015 $175,000 -
$185,000
UI Designer and Front End Developer Configuration Management, Inc. Tinton Falls, NJ Jun 06, 2016 $156,525
UI Designer Google Inc. New York, NY Dec 09, 2016 $155,396
UI Designer Symantec Corporation Mountain View, CA Jun 09, 2016 $144,200 -
$160,000
UI Designer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Jan 20, 2015 $140,000
UI Designer Google Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 17, 2016 $138,362
UI Designer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Sep 16, 2015 $134,300
UI Designer II Twitter, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 12, 2015 $130,000
UI Designer Jive Software, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 27, 2016 $128,750
UI Designer Jive Software, Inc. San Francisco, CA Feb 29, 2016 $128,750
UI Designer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Apr 20, 2016 $127,590
UI Designer Google Inc. New York, NY Aug 20, 2016 $127,590
UI Designer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 13, 2015 $100,170
Ui/Ux Software Designer Citrus Lane, Inc. Redwood City, CA Sep 24, 2015 $100,000
Ui/Ux Designer Panorama Education, Inc. Boston, MA Mar 02, 2015 $100,000
Ui/Ux Designer Ignite Management Consultants LLC Richardson, TX Aug 25, 2016 $100,000
Technical UI Designer Microsoft Corporation Kirkland, WA Jun 14, 2016 $100,000
Technical UI Designer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jun 14, 2016 $100,000
User Interaction Designer Google Inc. San Bruno, CA Sep 03, 2016 $100,000
Ui/Ux Designer FUZE, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 15, 2016 $100,000
Software Ui/Ux Designer Precocity LLC Austin, TX Jun 15, 2015 $80,000
UI Designer Telenav, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Aug 09, 2016 $80,000 -
$110,000
Ui/Ux Designer Intelliswift Software, Inc. Newark, CA Jul 12, 2016 $79,498 -
$89,498
UI Designer Racar International D/E LLC Washington, DC Apr 25, 2016 $78,000
UI Designer Racar Engineering, LLC Washington, DC Aug 08, 2016 $78,000
UI Designer Engineer Ample It Services LLC New York, NY Jul 13, 2015 $75,000
UI Designer Mroads LLC Southlake, TX Jan 11, 2015 $74,318

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Top Skills for An User Interaction Designer

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  1. Soap User Interface
  2. Web
  3. Adobe Photoshop
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  • Provided Information architecture for enterprise level web based comparison-shipping system;.
  • Developed skins for application using Adobe Photoshop.
  • Developed data formatted web applications and deploy the script using HTML, XHTML, CSS and Client side scripting using JavaScript.
  • Gained experience on working with CSS background, Layouts, positioning, text, margin, padding and other behaviors.
  • Developed data formatted web applications and deploy client scripting using JavaScript.

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Top 10 Best States for User Interaction Designers

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  4. District of Columbia
  5. New York
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