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User Experience Designer

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.

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.
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?

The most common salary  for a User Experience Designer is between $100k and $120k
Source: SEEK job ads and SEEK Profile data

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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What skills are employers looking for?

Employers want:

  • Research skills
  • Innovation
  • Written skills
  • Problem solving
  • Interaction design

Shortlisted applicants:

  • Web savviness
  • Css
  • Research skills
Source: SEEK job ads and SEEK Profile data

How do User Experience Designers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 14 User Experience Designers surveyed on SEEK

Latest reviews

5 out of 5Oct 2018
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...
4 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of design
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Digital marketing
The good things
1. Feel the satifastion when the product is build and is being use by people 2. Can use different new tools 3. Never feel boring
The challenges
1. Deal with different stakeholders 2. Convince them with a new idea
5 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Visual Arts (Graphic Design)
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Mobile app user experience
The good things
User Experience Design provides me the perfect amount of variety in my day to never be bored. I get to meet interesting people and hear their stories often, play with new technologies and to exercise ...
The challenges
Like any role, keeping up with the latest trends, technologies and best practices can be difficult at times. Likewise dealing with difficult clients. The benefits all out weigh the challenges.
5 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Design (Graphic Design)
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
The good things
To provide user a better experience you need work on end to end journey. UX design has given me this opportunity. Usual project delivery tendency is no one wants to take any responsibility for end res...
The challenges
Authority- other team within the organisation should know your responsibilities. Sometimes this is hard depending on the company's UX maturity level.
5 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Design
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
healthcare
The good things
UX design is fascinating! There’s nothing like the sense of accomplishment that comes from solving complex design problems and the satisfaction you receive when you see a product you’ve designed out t...
The challenges
Working in a creative job means that it is expected that we think ‘outside the box’ - and it's not always the easiest thing to do!
5 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Science
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Business banking online
The good things
You get to help real users and make a difference to their everyday life. I really enjoy conducting research and meeting the end user!
The challenges
Sometimes upper management makes decisions about what to build next and the product roadmap that I don't agree with. In that case you just have to argue the case of the user as much as you can to ensu...
4 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Arts (Animation, Games & Interactivity)
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
UI Design
The good things
Being able to help future users of your software can be very satisfying. Remuneration is good, and the puzzle-like nature of of the process by which a good solution is reached always keeps things inte...
The challenges
Navigating the often bone-headed ways of hierarchical big-business clientele can be frustrating, so patience is a virtue. It can be a lonely gig when you seem often to be the only person fighting for ...
5 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Multimedia
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
The good things
UX design is ever evolving, which makes it a space where there is always new challenges, things to learn and tools to use. The biggest satisfaction with UX design is being able to take an idea or prob...
The challenges
As UX is a relatively new area, it can be challenging to initially get your foot in the door, as there is no set pathway to becoming a UX designer. There is also no set rule book or guide on how to mo...
5 out of 5Oct 2018
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.
5 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Arts
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Banking, education. Health
The good things
Big challenges to discover for clients. Ability to influence and create great customer experiences. Research and meeting broad range of customers.
The challenges
Pace of change is fast and never ending. Having good facilitation skill to navigation through snap decisions and assumptions within organisations.
Source: SEEK Role Reviews

What are the job opportunities for User Experience Designers?

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Job opportunities

User Experience Designer jobs on SEEK
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Projected job growth

National increase over next 5 years
12.6%
2018
2023
Source: LMIP. Graphic and Web Designers, and Illustrators
Latest User Experience Designer jobs on SEEK
BLACKROC
Gold Coast
Great central Gold Coast location + opportunity to grow personally and professionally + honest, progressive culture
Ambition Technology
Sydney > CBD, Inner West & Eastern Suburbs
Ambition are seeking a UX/UI Designer on behalf of their client to join their dynamic, exciting and progressive team.
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Honeywell Ltd
Sydney > Ryde & Macquarie Park
Our 2-year graduate program offers a unique opportunity to launch your career in a diverse and inclusive global organisation
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Australian Institute of Business
Adelaide
Excellent opportunity for an experienced, detail orientated QA & UX skilled person looking to join our leading organisation in the education sector.
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