96,800 Reasons to Become a UX Designer
The Information Architecture Institute recently released the results of its annual salary survey. Despite a global economic pandemic, UX salaries rose about 10% over 2007 (mean – $96,800 USD). It’s interesting that UX women earned a mean salary of $97,500, while UX men trailed at $96,200.
The survey also shows that the UX job description includes a wide mix of strategic and tactical tasks: business models, high-level designs, lifecycle assessment, user research, usability, and project management.
If you’re starting out in this field, you’ll be glad to know there’s strong demand for UX work. The downside is that finding employment requires creativity and a strong personal network. UX jobs are not typically found on Monster or in the tabloid classifieds. Often, companies don’t even know they’re looking for UX – it’s up to you to propose the position, and sell them on the value proposition.
To start, join UX groups on LinkedIn and Facebook. Also, keeps tabs on David Crow’s excellent list of North American UX jobs.