Looking for an entry level job or internship in user experience? This is an overview of how to approach the search and a list of companies that might have relevant entry level and internship opportunities.
If you’re on the Internet these days, I’m sure you’ve heard of Pinterest. The site is sort of a virtual scrapbook, and it’s all the rage right now for a couple reasons, one of which is that it’s extremely intuitive and easy to use. Users are prompted to “pin” items onto boards (similar to bulletin boards), and the entire display is very visually beautiful. Some of the credit for that goes to the UX/UI Designers behind Pinterest, who were responsible for creating a system that made the product easy to understand and use.
A User Experience/User Interface Designer (often abbreviated UX/UI) creates architecture and interaction models that affect user experience of a device or system. Basically they think about and design all aspects of the user’s interaction with a product: how it is perceived, learned, and used. User interface focuses more on the ways users interact with the system, while user experience focuses more on the architecture that impact’s a user’s perception of the system. So the UI deals with the “how” of creating an interface (implementing shiny controls) and UX deals with the “why” (creating a good experience for the user).
While the typical day for a UX/UI Designer varies, their time is generally divided between:
On average a UX/UI Designer can make $42,000-$124,000 yearly in their first year. After that, you can go on to become a User Experience Director ($90,000-$180,000).
Here are some hot spots for UX/UI Designers:
If UX/UI design still sounds like your cup of tea, here are a few things you should do to get started.
Check out the latest job and internship postings in user experience.