User Experience Designer

Make a website enjoyable and easy to use.

Quick Stats


Outlook
Very Good

Salary Range
$54,000 – $133,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do User Experience Designers do?

Unless you’re dating Chris Hansen from Dateline NBC, the Internet knows things that perhaps your significant other shouldn’t, like which websites you visit, the content of your e-mails and your online banking password. It therefore goes without saying that you should cultivate a tender, loving relationship with the web, lest it embarrass you in front of your Facebook friends.

Like a Couples Therapist, a User Experience Designer, or UX Designer, helps consumers get along with their computers. Or, most often, with the websites they use them to visit. Simply put: A User Experience Designer’s job is to make sure his or her audience is smiling, not scowling.

To achieve your goal as a User Experience Designer, you’ll research consumer behavior to find out what website users want. Then you’ll create a user profile representing your target audience, which you’ll use to make decisions about your website’s layout, architecture and design. You’ll create visual mock-ups of websites and of the traffic patterns people use to view them. Finally, once it’s built, you’ll test your website for user-friendliness and make ongoing adjustments as needed.

While a Web Designer ’s job is making websites pretty, yours is making them pleasant, which requires also making them useful, usable, accessible, desirable, searchable, valuable and a whole mess of other adjectives.

Like a Chinese Doctor does with chi, you make things holistically healthy. Although those “things” often are websites, companies also hire UX Designers for everything from faucets to front doors. More than technology, therefore, you must understand people, including what they think, how they act and, of course, what secrets they’re storing on their hard drives.


Should I be an User Experience Designer?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • High Achiever: You love the challenge of tackling difficult work.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: User Experience Architect, UX Designer

    How to Become an
    User Experience Designer

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