Career paths in the growing field of user experience (UX) design encompass a variety of roles, each with its own specific requirements. UX designers come from a lot of different backgrounds that include creative, technical and research-based fields. But before making any decisions, you first need to know what options are available to you when it comes to job prospects for UX design graduates.
Some of the most sought-after job positions
A UX designer focuses on creating a successful user experience through researching, analysing, testing, feedback and best practices. Generally, UX designers need to possess strong creative, technical and problem-solving skills. The UX design role may involve psychology, storytelling and computer science as well.
A UX engineer is usually a front-end engineer who works on a design team facilitating collaboration between engineer and design. UX engineers bring together technical know-how and design aesthetics. They partner with researchers and designers to define and deliver new features, translate concepts into living prototypes and iterate on details to deliver the perfect experience.
The focus here is to provide a deeper understanding and broader insight into the behaviour, needs and motivations of users. UX researchers offer feedback to all phases of a design process starting at the project conception, going into implementation and ending when development is over.
UX strategists develop and maintain a “product-market fit” for the business. In other words, they make sure there is actually a demand for the product or service the company is selling. Above all else, the UX strategist must make sure that the product development is aligned with the business strategy.
The UX manager is responsible for developing the people on their team. In particular, junior and mid-level members of the team, working with the business to understand what it needs from the UX design team and identifying opportunities or creating new products. They are skilful in project planning and resource management.
Innovation managers, on the other hand, are tasked with creating the strategy and culture required for employees to experiment with the right resources at the right level to support that experimentation. An innovation manager is skilled in project management, strategic thinking and leadership.
The product manager is responsible for product planning and execution throughout the product lifecycle. This includes gathering and prioritising product and customer requirements, defining the product vision and working closely with engineering, sales, marketing and support to ensure revenue and customer satisfaction goals are met.
Why pursue a career in UX design
UX professionals are in global demand
The demand for UX design professionals is steadily increasing. According to a LinkedIn report, UX design is ranked as one of the top 5 in-demand skills as of 2020 while Glassdoor added it to their list of best 50 jobs to have in 2021, with UX designer being at number 24. This is largely due to the corporate world gaining a greater understanding of UX design and how investing in it can greatly affect their revenue and overall business goals.
UX professionals are highly paid
The global skills shortage and competition for UX professionals is pushing salaries upwards, especially for mid-level and senior positions. Salaries depend on different factors like years of experience, company location and company type. According to Glassdoor, a UX designer in Germany makes an average base pay of €51,516 a year.
Transferable and specialist skills
A career in UX design is diverse, exciting a full of opportunities. And to make great products, you need lots of different skills. There are many different paths into UX and the industry welcomes transferable skills from other disciplines, making it a great conversion career.
Study UX design at PFH
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