If you’re considering a career jump to the UX/UI field, you’re probably asking one big question: Are UX designers in demand?
The answer? YES. UX/UI Designers and the jobs that fall under their umbrella are gaining traction as some of the most in-demand creative careers out there. More and more companies are seeing the merits of bringing aboard UI/UX pros to help them build better products and achieve their user experience goals. Opportunities abound from start-ups to agencies to private and public sectors, with the average UI/UX designer salary for an entry-level position $85,000-$89,000.
While having a degree in this field isn’t required (in fact, this field is so new that few degree programs exist right now), training and certification will only boost your career path. But what does that path look like?
We rounded up 6 UI and UX designer jobs that could be your next career!
User Researchers dig into the needs and wants of a product user to develop insights about how the product can be better designed. They frequently engage with and interview users to develop insights, analyze their findings, and use those to make key recommendations on areas for improvement in the product’s design.
Design is more than just making things look pretty. A Visual Designer is tasked with employing user experience principles to take wireframes and UX research and create engaging designs that meet the product’s brand standards. A UX/UI background will also serve you in almost any graphic design-related field, allowing you to be able to apply a deeper understanding of how people interact with products and design.
How should information be presented on a website or app? Information Architects are focused on determining how information is organized and displayed, the user flow, and how users engage with information. They frequently work with user personas and are involved in constructing the processes, wireframes, and prototypes of a project.
Digital products like websites and apps require users to interact with them to achieve their goals. Interaction Designers help map out these interactions and frequently develop interactive prototypes to test the user experience.
Usability Analysts examine the existing problems and identify the potential issues individuals could encounter when using a product. They play an ongoing role in the product lifespan to make sure it achieves its intended goals and serves users in the best possible way. Their recommendations continue to shape the product.
If you’ve ever dreamed of leaving the 9-5 behind and making it on your own, now might be your time to shine. UX/UI is still a relatively new field. As agencies and companies place more emphasis on it, they’re frequently seeking freelance help to fill in the gaps of their own team capabilities. A 2018 study between The American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) and The Creative Group found that around 17% of surveyed creative teams expected to add a UX/UI freelancer the following year. That number is likely to continue rising, as more value is placed on UX/UI and remote work gains traction.
Some freelancers fill the role of the job titles we previously covered. Others step into a more consultant-based role, helping companies to run better (the ultimate UX challenge) or to help identify and solve pressing UX issues.
No matter what role you have your eye on, UX/UI is one of the most exciting and promising tech fields to get into right now. That’s why Eleven Fifty Academy is launching our new UX/UI Online Bootcamp, an 8-week online course to prepare you for an entry-level role as a UI or UX Designer. Explore whether this field is right for you; book a 15-minute discovery session with an Admissions Coach to learn more.