The PathMatch Guide to

User Experience (UX) Design

A Day in the Life

User Experience (UX) Design focuses on the interaction between users/humans and products such as websites and apps. With the increase in daily web and mobile usage and the customer experience, it's no surprise why UX Designers are high in demand. UX Designers have to be adept with technology, communication and writing, prototyping and wireframing, but it also requires empathy and knowledge in psychology.

Work Responsibilities

  • Balance data with instinct to make intuitive leaps that solve client design challenges
  • Interpret consumer and business research into insights that drive the strategy for user experience
  • Drive the development and communication of design and experience guidelines
  • Produce audience personas, user journey maps, site maps, detailed user flows, wireframes, prototypes, and user interface specifications
  • Perform metrics analysis to inform design/UX optimization efforts; apply a data-driven approach to all design activities

Skills You'll Need

  • Fluency in standard methodologies for mobile and web information architecture and responsive design, as well as deep knowledge of usability principles and techniques
  • Strong user experience skill set including strategy, information architecture, and design aesthetic
  • Strong presentation skills and ability to craft a story
  • Ability to craft prototypes that can be translated into HTML, Javascript, CSS, and related technologies
  • Experience thinking in design system terms
  • Excellent experience creating beautiful and user-friendly web applications, business software, mobile apps, and consumer-facing digital experiences
  • Fluency in Figma, Omnigraffle, Axure, Miro, Sketch, and/or InVision

Industries You'll Work In

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The Network You'd Build

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Example Job Descriptions

UX Design Intern for Cisco (Meraki)

UX Designer at Audible

Senior UX Designer for Nike

Director of UX Design at Roku

Real World Professionals

UX Designer

UX Designer

Senior UX Designer

UX & Product Design Lead

Director of UX Design

VP of Design, UX, and Research

Growth Path

  1. UX Designer
  2. Sr. UX Designer
  3. Principal UX Designer
  4. Director of UX Design
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Demand for Talent

  • According to the Onward Search Digital, Creative, and Marketing Professionals Salary Guide, UX Designer is the second most in-demand digital creative role
  • Demand is currently outstripping supply due to an increasing talent and knowledge gap
  • As of January 2020, there were over 1.94 billion websites and over 4 million mobile apps available–websites and apps that all need UX Designers

Compensation

$90K-$125K
UX Designer
$110K-$150K
Sr. UX Designer
$130K-$160K
Principal UX Designer
$160K-$200K+
Director of UX Design

Teams You'll Work With

UX Designers work with the design, engineering, product, and marketing teams.

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Work/Life Balance Score

Work/life balance is when someone equally prioritizes their career and their personal life. This balance can vary greatly from one career to the next.

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Job Stability Score

Job stability is about more than your experience and career. As industries decline, so do the jobs in them.

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Prestige Score

Job stability is about more than your experience and career. As industries decline, so do the jobs in them.

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