A UX Designer works for a mid to large sized company or is employed by individual clients on a contractual basis, and is responsible for optimizing the design and user interface of a company’s website or database. The job description of a UX designer requires a background in IT and web design, excellent problem-solving skills, and the ability to collaborate with a company to fashion a site design that aligns with brand image and identity.
A UX designer analyzes the user interface of a company website, writes up reports detailing suggested changes and improvements, implements said changes, and monitors sites and databases to track user activity and related company profitability.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities of an UX Designer
- Studies and analyzes company and client websites and databases.
- Researches the needs and habits of a company’s target consumer base.
- Employs research when designing a better user interface model.
- Distributes online surveys requesting feedback from site users.
- Analyzes survey results to better determine the faults and required adjustments to site design.
- Identifies any problems or difficulties with user interface.
- Advises clients on the best methods of improving site navigation and ease of use.
- Assists in recruiting, hiring, and training a team of IT professionals to help implement changes.
- Designs and/or redesigns sites and databases as necessary to improve interface.
- Troubleshoots glitches and problems with website design.
- Tracks user activity following site designs and redesigns.
- Writes up reports of design progress and results.
- Provides ongoing consulting services to companies and clients regarding best user interfaces.
- Updates websites and databases as necessary.
- Researches new developments in the field of UX design.
- Attends UX design conferences.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Demonstrates detailed knowledge of effective user interfaces.
- Possesses excellent computer skills.
- Exhibits excellent analytical skills and problem solving abilities.
- Demonstrates ability to think creatively and innovatively.
- Possesses knowledge of the design goals and brand image of the company or client for which he or she works.
- Is familiar with assessment models and practices.
- Demonstrates ability to read, interpret, and write html code.
- Communicates clearly and effectively.
- Is capable of interpreting and explaining technical jargon.
- Works well with a team.
- Manages time efficiently and demonstrates ability to meet deadlines.
- Demonstrates strong organizational skills.
- Is capable of conducting independent research.
Education and Experience
A UX designer holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Web Design, Software Development, or a related field. Some UX designers also hold Master’s Degrees in similar fields, and most have had previous work experience in the IT or web development sector.
A UX designer spends the majority of working hours in an office setting, analyzing, designing, and troubleshooting user interface. Some local or national travel to attend IT and design conferences may also be required.
The average salary for a UX designer is approximately $80,000 per year. Salaries range from $60,000 per year for entry level designers to nearly $150,000 for the most experienced and established UX designers.