User experience (UX) designer

UX designers use research to understand their users and create websites, applications and software to meet their needs.

Average salary (a year)

£29,640 Starter

to

£35,360 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 a week

You could work

evenings occasionally

How to become an User experience (UX) designer

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • volunteering

University

You'll find it useful to have a degree or higher national diploma (HND) in a relevant subject like:

  • product design
  • digital marketing
  • graphic design
  • human computer interaction (HCI)

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels for a higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree

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Volunteering and experience

If you don't have a relevant degree, you'll need some work experience. You could get this by volunteering to help in research sessions, or by doing some user interviewing. You could also get involved in the online UX community and find a mentor to help you.

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Career tips

You'll also find it useful to have:

  • knowledge of development tools like HTML and CSS
  • experience of using design software like Adobe Creative Suite and user interface design tools like Sketch
  • experience of using wire-framing and prototyping tools like Microsoft Visio and Omnigraffle

It will help if you have a portfolio to show examples of your work.

Further information

You can find information on what to include in a portfolio at Bubble Digital Design Career Zone.

The User Experience Professionals' Association has information on courses and jobs.

Tech Future Careers has information on careers in tech roles.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to write computer programs
  • persistence and determination
  • analytical thinking skills
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • maths knowledge
  • this job requires a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

On a daily basis you'll:

  • help your team define the UX strategy for its products and services
  • do stakeholder research to understand service and business needs
  • use personas and data to meet user needs
  • support software developers with the technical demands of your ideas
  • build user journeys, prototypes and wireframes that communicate your ideas to the team
  • write clear specifications and guidelines for developers or designers
  • work closely with visual designers to meet users needs
  • work with the research team to plan and carry out user research and usability testing
  • contribute to or run UX review sessions
  • analyse issues and recommend solutions

Working environment

You could work in an office, from home or at a client's business.

Career path and progression

With experience you could move into a management job and supervise other designers.

You could also move into a development role if you've got experience of programming languages.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

UGC Video Desk Apprentice

  • Wage : £148.00 Weekly
  • Location: Birmingham B18 6BL

Graphic Design Apprentice

  • Wage : £168.75 Weekly
  • Location: Feering CO5 9SE

Courses In England

User experience and interface (UX/UI) : intermediate

  • Provider: CITY LIT
  • Start date: 18 March 2019
  • Location: London

Computing & User Experience (UX) - Level 3 BTEC Diploma/Extended Diploma

  • Provider: WKCIC GROUP
  • Start date: 01 September 2019
  • Location: LONDON

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