UX DesignerJob Description, Salary, Career Path, and Trends

UX Designers bring form and function together by creating user experiences (UX) that are both aesthetic and intuitive. They develop wireframes, workflows, site maps — even storyboards — for mobile and web platforms. UX Designers also help implement the visual design elements that give a product or website emotional weight, such as button color and placement, load animations, and logo sizes.

UX Designers are thorough researchers and quality analysts, using A/B testing to narrow down design choices to best suit their users’ wants and needs. A great UX Designer can use his or her skills to provide a seamless experience that accomplishes several business goals at once, most of all creating the “look and feel” of a product’s user interface.

Sample job description

UX designers enhance a customer’s experience and satisfaction with a brand by improving the usability, accessibility, and enjoyment associated with a product. UX designers are analytical, creative, have a solid understanding of coding, and have a strong background in project management and research. [Your Company Name] is hiring an experienced UX Designer to create the user experience necessary for our company to succeed. If you have experience combining interfaces and workflows to enhance user accessibility and satisfaction, you could be an ideal candidate for this role.

Typical duties and responsibilities

  • Research target audiences for products and websites
  • Create personas to understand user needs and desires
  • Design screen flows, wireframes, site maps, and storyboards
  • Develop and evaluate a working interaction model
  • Conduct user testing and quality analysis
  • Collaborate with Front- and Back-End Web Developers

Education and experience

This position requires a bachelor’s degree in computer science, engineering, design, or a related field.

Required skills and qualifications

  • Proficiency writing CSS/HTML
  • Expertise in building and researching buyer personals
  • Knowledge of graphic design tools, such as Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Experience in project management
  • Superior communication skills

Preferred qualifications

  • Artistic eye for design and strong attention to detail
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Creative thinker
  • Mathematical aptitude and strong problem-solving skills
  • Excellent IT and programming skills
  • Excellent organizational, time, and project management skills
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • An understanding of the latest trends and their role in a commercial environment
  • Self-development skills to keep up to date with fast-changing trends
  • Professional approach to time, costs, and deadlines  
  • Basic CSS, HTML, and JavaScript skills.
  • Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite (specifically Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop)
  • Excellent collaboration skills

Average salary and compensation

The average salary for a UX Designer is $104,200  in the United States. Position salary will vary based on experience, education, company size, industry, and market.

LocationSalary LowSalary High
Phoenix, Arizona$103,650 $140,200
Los Angeles, California$116,900 $158,200 
Denver, Colorado$97,450 $131,800 
Washington, DC$118,700$160,550 
Miami, Florida$97,000 $131,200 
Orlando, Florida$89,450 $121,050 
Tampa, Florida$90,350 $122,250
Atlanta, Georgia$94,750$128,200
Chicago, Illinois$108,950 $147,400 
Boston, Massachusetts$117,800 $159,350 
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota$93,900 $127,000 
New York City, New York$124,000 $167,750 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania$100,950 $136,600
Dallas, Texas$98,300 $133,000
Houston, Texas$97,450 $131,800 
Seattle, Washington$113,350 $153,400
National Average$88,550 $119,850 

Typical work environment

UX designers typically work during normal business hours in office environments where they spend much of their day on computers to complete various tasks. UX designers may work remotely some days or every day of the week. They attend meetings, work on projects, and are expected to meet deadlines.     

Typical hours

The work hours for a UX Designer are typically from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday in an office setting. However, longer or different hours may, at times, be necessary.

Available certifications

A variety of certifications are available for UX Designers to elevate their careers and improve their job skills. Here are some of the top certifications for UX Designers: 

  • Google UX Design Certificate. This certificate program is taught entirely online and provides professionals with the skills they need to obtain an entry-level job in UX design. No prior experience is required, making this program great for recent graduates and those looking to make a career change. The course includes hands-on projects, regular quizzes and assessments, and peer reviews and discussion forums. 
  • CareerFoundry UX Design Program. The CareerFoundry UX Design Program is designed for beginners who want to become ready for a career in UX design. The course is flexible, self-paced, and entirely online, making it a great option for those with limited time. Candidates are assigned a personal tutor and a one-to-one mentor to help navigate the course. Students have 10 months to complete the course.

Career path

The path to starting a career in UX design begins with earning a bachelor’s degree in visual design, computer science, psychology, or a similar field. Many candidates go on to earn master’s degrees to shore up their skills and stand out to potential employers.

UX Designers must be knowledgeable in a variety of disciplines. They are experts in targeting and researching a products’ audiences, as well as creating the actual UX that appeals to those key demographics. A strong portfolio of work is crucial to prove a UX Designer candidate’s experience juggling so many essential responsibilities.

US, Bureau of Labor Statistics’ job outlook

SOC Code: 15-1257

2020 Employment199,400
Projected Employment in 2030224,900
Projected 2020-2030 Percentage Shift 13% increase
Projected 2020-2030 Numeric Shift25,500 increase

Thanks to smartphones and tablets becoming essential tools for millions of consumers, good user experience is no longer a luxury: it’s a necessity.

UX Designers will need to continue adding new skills like UX copywriting to their repertoire. Writing clear, concise micro-copy, such as CTA buttons and error messages, helps create a more immersive user experience. With smart speakers becoming more prevalent than ever, UX Designers must also focus on developing streamlined, user-friendly voice interfaces.

Sample interview questions

  • What are your greatest strengths as a UX Designer?
  • What is UX design?
  • What is the difference between UX and UI?
  • Which research methods do you use?
  • Tell was your most successful UX design project” Your least successful?
  • What do you think will be the next trend in UX design?
  • What are 3 crucial skills a UX Designer must have?
  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  • What is your design process?
  • Can you describe a challenging project you worked on and how you handled it?
  • How would you evaluate a product from a UX perspective?
  • What does ‘design-thinking’ mean to you?
  • What do you do if a client doesn’t like your design?
  • Do you have any UX design heroes or favorite apps for UX?
  • Which analytics tools and key performance indicators (KPIs) have you used when evaluating your designs?
  • How do you decide which features to add to your product?
  • What are your three biggest strengths? Your biggest weakness?
  • How well do you collaborate with others on projects?
  • What would you do if you disagreed with your team’s recommendation?
  • What is the value of a UX designer to a company like ours?

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