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User Experience Designer

Create meaningful user experiences by considering why and how they use products and services.

What's it like to be a User Experience Designer?

User Experience (UX) Designers help to create products that provide meaningful and relevant experiences to their users. They champion the needs of users by considering the Why, What, and How of product use.

User Experience Designer

Tasks and duties

  • Conduct user research and testing.
  • Develop wireframes and task flows based on user needs.
  • Collaborate with Product Managers, other Designers and Developers to create intuitive, user-friendly experiences.
  • Communicate design rationale to achieve shared understanding with various stakeholders.
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UX Designers are involved in the product development process from start to finish, including strategy, design, branding, usability, function and testing.

While UX Designers often work with digital products such as apps, websites and games, UX Designers may also work with non-tech products and experiences.

What can I earn as a User Experience Designer?

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The most common annual salary in AUS for a User Experience Designer is between $100k and $120k
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How to become a User Experience Designer


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There are no formal education requirements to become a UX Designer, and there are many pathways into the role. An understanding of human behaviour and an eye for design are an advantage.

  1. Develop an eye for design, an understanding of design principles, and learn to identify strengths and weaknesses in user experiences. Consider a short course in UX or visual design, or seek out online or in-person groups to network with other designers and learn from their expertise.
  2. Develop a portfolio of work to show prospective employers. This can include work you’ve done on mock UX Design projects. Set up a blog or a website to showcase this work. Having a strong portfolio of your work that also demonstrates your design thinking is generally important to prospective employers.
  3. You may also consider a postgraduate qualification, such as the Graduate Certificate of UX and Web Design to further develop your skills.

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Bachelor of Design

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Graduate Certificate of UX and Web Design

This qualification develops your knowledge of design and user experience testing in the website design industry.
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Bachelor of Digital Media

This qualification gives you practical skills in design, technology and media and prepares you for a range of roles in the digital media industry.
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How do User Experience Designers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 16 User Experience Designers surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
4.3
Job satisfaction
4.4
Career progression opportunities
4.1
Job security
4.3
Pay / Salary
4.1
Variety of work
4.6

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Oct 2018
User Experience Design is about people and looking problems from all different angles
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Urban Planning
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
User Research
The good things
Meeting lots of users and understanding their motivations and needs. Looking at lots of different ways to solve one problem.
The challenges
There is still a lack of awareness and understanding of what User Experience Design is which can create barriers for design to be leveraged correctly in some organisation.
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Oct 2018
UX is enjoyable I bring products and experiences to life
Reviewer's Qualification
Masters of Multimedia Design and Technology
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Design
The good things
First and for most I love what I do and i enjoy working with my team. I come up with the creative user experience, my role is product based and I focus on a variety of different products to bring life...
The challenges
Budget constraints, limitations of the product architecture, limited view points of team mates that can be a challenge to convince. Some old school timers like it the old school way and yet technology...
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Working hours for User Experience Designers

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Weekends
Shift work
Late nights
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What are the job opportunities for User Experience Designers?

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Source: LMIP. Graphic and Web Designers, and Illustrators

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