User Experience (UX) Designer

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A UX designer works on websites, applications and other software to ensure that the user experience (how a user interacts with the system) is as smooth and efficient as possible, by analysing requirements of users and designing easy to navigate and user-friendly solutions. They are sometimes called UI (User Interface) Designers.

The Work

You could be:

There is sometimes overlap between the duties of a UX designer, web designer and front end developer. Some employers treat each as a separate role and others combine them.


The figures below are only a guide. Pay rates vary widely, depending on:

The starting salary can be in the range of £22,000 to £26,000 a year. With experience, this can rise to £35,000 a year and senior or lead UX designers can up to around £70,000 a year, sometimes more.

If you work freelance, your income will vary, depending on the contracts you get.


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Getting In

There are jobs in almost all industries, including retail, IT, education, the media, central and local government, finance, the communications industry and health care. Jobs are advertised in the press and on the internet.

What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:


Getting On

More Information

If you are considering a career in IT, take a look at the Tech Future Careers website. You will find the video case studies of workers and general information on the industry useful.

For more information please see organisations listed below:


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