User Experience is one of the fastest growing and most exciting segments in the interactive industry. This guide provides essential information on the difference career opportunities within UX, national benchmarks for UX salaries, the hottest metro areas for UX jobs, and tools of the trade for UX professionals.
User research provide a deep understanding and insight of user behavior, needs and motivations. They offer feedback in all phases of the design process from project conception, to implementation, to development.
- Conduct user and task analyses to identify opportunities to improve user experience.
- Synthesize research findings into meaningful recommendations and actionable results.
Usability Analysts apply research & usability principles to identify usablity problems. They help ensures usaility goals are met by identifying project objectives, evaluating the success of studies, and measuring outcomes.
- Investigate and resolve user experience issues through evaluation and testing.
- Effectively improve upon and communicate action-able insights that materially improve the customer experience.
Information Architects focus on scoping, building and optimising how information is organised and presented to users. They develop thorough, realistic plans that support organisational user experience objectives.
- Create wireframes, process maps, functional specifications, prototypes and other artifacts to describe the intended user experience.
- Apply user personas and scenarios to develop relevant process and user flow models.
Interaction Designers draw upon user data, research and team input to generate interaction concepts that enable seamless, fluid, relevant and engaging experiences for users.
- Participate in the creation of rapid prototypes to illustrate a service or application.
- Cooperate with visual designers to solve problems and create full design solutions on projects.
Visual designers turn wireframes/prototypes into visual designs that are both user friendly and adhere to brand guidelines. They rely on keen understanding of graphical elements, style guides, brand standards and design systems.
- Create engaging, usable and effective visual design solutions to achieve user centered goals.
- Validate the effectiveness of designs through research and usability studies.
User Experience Designers are often jacks of all trade within the user centered design process. Their role centers on creating successful user experiences through research, feedback, analysis testing and best practices.
- Drive the development and communication of the user design process for a given project
- Participate in the research analysis, development, and testing phases of the design process.
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