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Working As An User Interface Designer

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

  • $89,500

    Average Salary

What Does An User Interface Designer 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 Interface Designer

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 Interface Designer Career Paths

User Interface Designer
Web Developer Senior Software Engineer
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
User Interaction Designer Senior Web Developer Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Technical Project Manager Information Technology Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Senior User Experience Designer User Experience Architect User Experience Manager
Director Of User Experience
10 Yearsyrs
Interactive Designer Creative Director Senior Manager
Director, Technical Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Creative Director Co-Founder Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Applications Developer Senior Software Engineer
Quality Assurance Lead
6 Yearsyrs
Front End Developer Senior Web Developer Senior Software Engineer
Senior .NET Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Creative Director Adjunct Professor Senior Software Engineer
Senior ETL Developer
5 Yearsyrs
Front End Developer Interactive Developer
Senior Java Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Design, Development Information Technology Consultant Information Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
12 Yearsyrs
Information Architect Business Analyst
Senior Quality Assurance Analyst
6 Yearsyrs
User Experience Designer Product Designer Design Engineer
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
User Interaction Designer Interactive Developer
Senior Web Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Web Designer Project Manager Solutions Architect
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Architect Data Architect Senior Manager
Technical Director
7 Yearsyrs
User Experience Designer User Experience Architect
User Experience Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Development Manager Director Of Software Development
Vice President, Software Development
11 Yearsyrs
Interactive Designer Senior Designer Senior Project Manager
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Designer 3.0 years
Interface Designer 2.4 years
Lead Web Designer 2.3 years
Web Designer 2.3 years
Web Developer 2.1 years
Top Employers Before
Web Designer 12.9%
Designer 4.6%
Internship 3.3%
Top Employers After
Consultant 3.8%
Designer 2.9%

User Interface Designer Demographics

Gender

Male

61.6%

Female

34.7%

Unknown

3.8%
Ethnicity

White

71.1%

Asian

16.6%

Hispanic or Latino

9.2%

Unknown

2.5%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

25.0%

French

12.5%

Japanese

10.0%

Chinese

7.5%

Cantonese

7.5%

Mandarin

7.5%

German

5.0%

Swedish

2.5%

Bulgarian

2.5%

Catalan

2.5%

Dakota

2.5%

Greek

2.5%

Carrier

2.5%

Hindi

2.5%

Urdu

2.5%

Polish

2.5%

Shan

2.5%
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User Interface Designer Education

Schools

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

8.8%

Savannah College of Art and Design

8.0%

George Mason University

6.4%

Academy of Art University

5.6%

Syracuse University

4.8%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

4.8%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.8%

Iowa State University

4.8%

DePaul University

4.8%

University of Washington

4.8%

University of Phoenix

4.8%

Art Institute of Pittsburgh

4.8%

University of Texas at Austin

4.8%

Massachusetts College of Art and Design

4.8%

Arizona State University

4.0%

Full Sail University

4.0%

Michigan State University

4.0%

Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

4.0%

Northeastern University

4.0%

San Jose State University

3.2%
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Majors

Graphic Design

26.7%

Computer Science

10.4%

Fine Arts

6.4%

Computer Applications

6.0%

Design And Visual Communication

5.5%

Business

5.5%

Human Computer Interaction

5.5%

Information Technology

3.8%

Communication

3.3%

Photography

3.1%

Computer Information Systems

3.1%

Animation

3.1%

English

2.6%

Psychology

2.4%

Computer Engineering

2.2%

Information Systems

2.2%

Engineering

2.2%

Experimental Psychology

2.0%

Education

2.0%

Graphic Communications

2.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.6%

Masters

28.4%

Other

17.0%

Associate

5.5%

Certificate

4.7%

Doctorate

2.0%

Diploma

0.8%
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Real User Interface Designer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior User Interface Designer Netflix, Inc. Los Gatos, CA Aug 10, 2015 $240,000
Senior User Interface Designer Netflix Los Gatos, CA Sep 05, 2016 $220,000 -
$260,000
User Interface Designer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Sep 18, 2015 $200,000
User Interface Designer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Jun 03, 2016 $200,000
User Interface Designer Google Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 12, 2015 $172,900
User Interface Designer Google Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 22, 2015 $172,900
User Interface Designer 4 Paypal, Inc. Boston, MA Jun 10, 2015 $165,000
User Interface Designer 3 Paypal, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 24, 2016 $160,000
User Interface Designer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 22, 2015 $155,300
User Interface Designer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Feb 26, 2015 $152,800
User Interface Designer & Prototyper Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Aug 06, 2015 $150,510 -
$187,200
User Interface Designer 3 EBAY Inc. San Jose, CA Mar 28, 2016 $150,000
SR. User Interface Designer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jan 05, 2015 $150,000 -
$170,000
User Interface Designer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 21, 2015 $148,000
User Interface Designer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 22, 2015 $130,000
User Interface Designer APN Software Services Inc. Newark, CA Aug 03, 2016 $130,000
Senior User Interface Designer Veritas Technologies LLC Mountain View, CA May 10, 2015 $130,000
User Interface Designer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 28, 2015 $129,000
User Interface Designer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 18, 2015 $129,000
User Interface Designer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Jul 02, 2015 $129,000
User Interface/Visual Designer Ridescout, LLC San Francisco, CA Jul 27, 2015 $128,000
User Interface Designer 3 Stubhub, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 01, 2015 $127,679
User Interface Designer Google Inc. New York, NY May 07, 2015 $104,400
User Interface Designer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Jun 04, 2015 $104,080
Technical User Interface Designer Motorola Mobility LLC Sunnyvale, CA Jun 11, 2015 $103,901 -
$134,700
User Interface Designer Investorplace Media Rockville, MD Feb 16, 2016 $103,522 -
$104,500
User Interface Designer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Apr 09, 2015 $103,300
User Interface Designer Optimizely, Inc. San Francisco, CA Dec 08, 2016 $100,000
User Interface Designer Optimizely, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 07, 2015 $100,000
User Interface Designer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Apr 24, 2015 $98,675

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Top Skills for An User Interface Designer

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Top User Interface Designer Skills

  1. Company Website
  2. Usability Tests
  3. Html/Css
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Update email campaigns and company website.
  • Performed usability tests, reviews and results analysis.
  • Delivered User Interface pages as HTML/CSS templates 4.
  • Created wire frames and worked closely with engineers and user experience writers to support all user interface concept designs.
  • Assist product management and development team with web development and user interface design to ensure an optimized user experience.

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