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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.

Pay

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

The starting salary can be in the range of £20,000 to £24,000 a year. With experience, this can rise to £35,000 a year and senior or lead UX designers can up to around £60,000 a year, sometimes more.

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

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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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.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
3615
2.6 %
RISE
2023
3708
  United Kingdom
2018
53036
3 %
RISE
2023
54604

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:

Training

Getting On

More Information

If you are considering a career in IT why not take a look at the Tech Future Careers website developed by the Tech Partnership, the Sector Skills Council for Business and Information Technology? You will find the video case studies of workers and general information on the industry useful.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
Tel: 01793 417424
Website: http://www.bcs.org
Twitter: @bcs
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IT.BCS/

User Experience Professionals' Association (UXPA) UK
Website: http://uxpa-uk.org/

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