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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

  • $80,000

    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
Interactive Developer Developer Senior Software Engineer
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Interactive Developer Senior Web Developer Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Interactive Developer Developer Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
User Experience Designer Senior User Experience Designer Creative Director
Director Of User Experience
10 Yearsyrs
User Experience Designer Senior User Experience Designer
User Experience Manager
8 Yearsyrs
User Experience Designer Project Manager Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Product Designer Project Manager Co-Founder
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
9 Yearsyrs
Product Designer Senior Designer Senior Graphic Designer
Creative Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Web Developer Senior Software Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Designer Project Leader Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Developer Developer/Consultant Web Developer
Web Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Graphic Designer Marketing Manager Marketing Manager/Project Manager
Digital Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Product Designer Project Manager Technical Project Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior User Experience Designer Creative Director
Digital Director
9 Yearsyrs
Information Architect Senior Technical Writer Content Manager
Digital Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Graphic Designer Marketing Manager Social Media Manager
Manager Of Digital Media
5 Yearsyrs
Consultant Marketing Manager Social Media Manager
Online Marketing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Design, Development Front End Developer Web Manager
Ecommerce Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Consultant Production Manager Print Production Manager
Freelance Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Information Architect Interactive Designer Visual Designer
Creative Lead
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Lead Web Designer 2.3 years
Visual Designer 2.3 years
Web Designer 2.1 years
Web Developer 2.0 years
Top Careers Before User Interaction Designer
Web Designer 10.6%
Designer 5.2%
Internship 3.1%
Top Careers After User Interaction Designer
Designer 2.9%
Consultant 2.4%

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Average Yearly Salary
$80,000
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$56,000
Min 10%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
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$80,000
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$80,000
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Median 50%
$112,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Netflix
Highest Paying City
Bellevue, WA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
2.0 years
How much does a User Interaction Designer make at top companies?
The national average salary for an User Interaction Designer in the United States is $80,159 per year or $39 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $56,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $112,000.

The largest raises come from changing jobs.

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Real User Interaction Designer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
UI Designer Google Inc. Jan 05, 2015 $200,000
UI Design and Development Designer Thoughtspot, Inc. Jun 25, 2015 $175,000
Interaction/Ui Designer Upthere Sep 11, 2015 $175,000 -
$185,000
UI Designer and Front End Developer Configuration Management, Inc. Jun 06, 2016 $156,525
UI Designer Google Inc. Dec 09, 2016 $155,396
UI Designer Symantec Corporation Jun 09, 2016 $144,200 -
$160,000
UI Designer Google Inc. Jan 20, 2015 $140,000
UI Designer Google Inc. Jun 17, 2016 $138,362
UI Designer Google Inc. Sep 16, 2015 $134,300
UI Designer II Twitter, Inc. Sep 12, 2015 $130,000
UI Designer Jive Software, Inc. Jun 27, 2016 $128,750
UI Designer Jive Software, Inc. Feb 29, 2016 $128,750
UI Designer Google Inc. Aug 20, 2016 $127,590
UI Designer Google Inc. Apr 20, 2016 $127,590
UI Designer Google Inc. Aug 13, 2015 $100,170
Ui/Ux Designer FUZE, Inc. Sep 15, 2016 $100,000
Senior UI Prototyping Designer Ray Enterprises, Inc. Sep 15, 2015 $100,000
User Interaction Designer Google Inc. Sep 03, 2016 $100,000
Technical UI Designer Microsoft Corporation Jun 14, 2016 $100,000
Ui/Ux Designer Panorama Education, Inc. Mar 02, 2015 $100,000
Technical UI Designer Microsoft Corporation Jun 14, 2016 $100,000
Ui/Ux Designer Ignite Management Consultants LLC Aug 25, 2016 $100,000
Software Ui/Ux Designer Precocity LLC Jun 15, 2015 $80,000
UI Designer Telenav, Inc. Aug 09, 2016 $80,000 -
$110,000
Ui/Ux Designer Intelliswift Software, Inc. Jul 12, 2016 $79,498 -
$89,498
UI Designer Racar Engineering, LLC Aug 08, 2016 $78,000
UI Designer Racar International D/E LLC Apr 25, 2016 $78,000
UI Designer Engineer Ample It Services LLC Jul 13, 2015 $75,000
UI Designer Mroads LLC Jan 11, 2015 $74,318

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Top Skills for An User Interaction Designer

  1. Adobe Photoshop
  2. Html
  3. CSS
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Created various thumbnail drawings that were manipulated on Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign & or Adobe Fireworks.
  • Advanced hands--on experience to development HTML, CSS & JavaScript in scope for the prototype of interface design elements.
  • Design and Develop Responsive Product Landing Page Skills Used: Adobe Creative Suite HTML, CSS, JS Visual Studio Bootstrap
  • Designed/Developed wire frames and prototypes for interactive websites and internal applications based on manager and user specifications.
  • Implemented various Validation Controls and created Custom Validation Controls using JavaScript to perform Client Side Validation.

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Top 10 Best States for User Interaction Designers

  1. Washington
  2. Massachusetts
  3. Minnesota
  4. District of Columbia
  5. Virginia
  6. Maine
  7. Texas
  8. Connecticut
  9. Utah
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User Interaction Designer Resume Examples And Tips

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User Interaction Designer Demographics

Gender

Male

59.1%

Female

31.4%

Unknown

9.6%
Ethnicity

White

48.6%

Asian

24.2%

Hispanic or Latino

14.2%

Black or African American

8.4%

Unknown

4.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

27.1%

Chinese

10.2%

French

10.2%

German

9.3%

Mandarin

7.6%

Japanese

6.8%

Cantonese

5.1%

Korean

5.1%

Russian

3.4%

Polish

3.4%

Arabic

2.5%

Italian

2.5%

Swahili

0.8%

Portuguese

0.8%

Hebrew

0.8%

Icelandic

0.8%

Swedish

0.8%

Greek

0.8%

Urdu

0.8%

Hindi

0.8%
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User Interaction Designer Education

Schools

Academy of Art University

23.2%

Savannah College of Art and Design

8.1%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.8%

Full Sail University

4.8%

San Jose State University

4.8%

Parsons the New School for Design

4.6%

New York University

4.6%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

4.6%

University of California - San Diego

4.3%

University of California - Berkeley

4.1%

School of Visual Arts

3.8%

Art Institute of California - Inland

3.8%

Art Institute of Seattle

3.8%

Pratt Institute-Main

3.8%

San Francisco State University

3.1%

Carnegie Mellon University

3.1%

Art Center College of Design

2.8%

Indiana University Bloomington

2.8%

Art Institute of Colorado

2.5%

University of Central Florida

2.5%
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Majors

Graphic Design

36.0%

Computer Applications

11.0%

Computer Science

8.5%

Fine Arts

7.3%

Design And Visual Communication

5.7%

Business

3.3%

Animation

3.3%

Computer Engineering

2.7%

Human Computer Interaction

2.4%

Information Technology

2.3%

Communication

2.3%

Computer Information Systems

2.3%

Visual And Performing Arts

2.0%

Drafting And Design

1.8%

Advertising

1.8%

Digital Media

1.6%

Graphic Communications

1.6%

Psychology

1.6%

Entertainment Business

1.4%

Photography

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

60.1%

Masters

22.4%

Associate

8.0%

Certificate

5.3%

Diploma

2.4%

High School Diploma

1.2%

Doctorate

0.6%
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