Careers in User Experience

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Looking for an entry level job or internship in user experience? Here's an overview of how to approach the search and a list of companies that might have entry level and internship opportunities that will interest you.

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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.

User Experience Careers

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UX/UI Design Career Guide Overview

  1. What a UX/UI Designer Does
  2. A Typical Day for a UX/UI Designer
  3. Salary and Career Progression for UX/UI Designers
  4. Best Locations for UX/UI Designers
  5. Pros and Cons of Being a UX/UI Designers
  6. What You Need to Know for a Career in UX/UI Design
  7. UX/UI Design Resources
  8. Careers Related to UX/UI Designer
  9. Companies with Jobs and Internships in UX/UI Design

What a UX/UI Designer Does

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).

A Typical Day for a UX/UI Designer

While the typical day for a UX/UI Designer varies, their time is generally divided between:

Salary and Career Progression for UX/UI Designers

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).

Best Locations for UX/UI Designers

Here are some hot spots for UX/UI Designers:

Pros and Cons of Being a UX/UI Designer

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What You Need to Know for a Career in UX/UI Design

To be a UX/UI Designer you need personality, process, and experience. It’s important to know a couple different programming languages like Javascript, PHP, Ruby, or Java. You need to know how to do usability testing of both the formal and the hallway varieties. It’s also important to become familiar with internationalization (i18n), localization (i10n), and accessibility (a11y), and how they might affect your designs. Getting a solid theoretical grounding in IxD is crucial for breaking away from the pack.

UX/UI Design Resources

If UX/UI design still sounds like your cup of tea, here are a few things you should do to get started.

Required Reading

Key Folks to Follow on Twitter

Blogs and Websites

Networking Opportunities

Job Search Resources

Careers Related to UX/UI Design


Companies with Entry Level Jobs and Internships in User Experience

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Victorious - Victorious is a Santa Monica, CA based startup that is “motivated by the challenge of powering and uniting the world’s most creative communities.”

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Piece & Co. - Piece & Co. is a Chicago based social enterprise that partners with fashion/retail brands to have female artisans "create beautiful, handmade products and accessories."

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Optoro - Optoro is a Washington, DC based company that “unleashes hidden revenue for retailers and creates value for shoppers” by helping businesses with “reverse logistics.”

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ZenPayroll - ZenPayroll is a San Francisco, CA based company that has created “the easiest way to pay your employees.”

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Account ExecutiveSan Francisco, CA
Product ManagerSan Francisco, CA
Fraud AnalystSan Francisco, CA
Implementation AnalystSan Francisco, CA
Payroll Operations ExpertSan Francisco, CA
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Xamarin - Xamarin is a San Francisco, CA based company allows developers to write “apps entirely in C#, sharing the same code on iOS, Android, Windows and Mac.”

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WeSpire - WeSpire is a Boston, MA based company that provides “technology-based engagement programs to inspire employees for measurable impact.”

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Square Root - Square Root is an Austin, TX based company that has developed “a single platform to improve operations and performance throughout franchise networks.”

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Trefis - Trefis is a Boston, MA based company that has developed a set of tools that “helps you understand how a company’s products impact its stock price.”

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Tradesy - Tradesy is a Santa Monica, CA based marketplace for new and gently used fashion that can “turn your closet into cash.”

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Gameloft - Gameloft is a New York, NY based company that allows its “fans to play games anywhere, anytime, and on any digital platform.”

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ProducerNew York, NY
AnimatorNew Orleans, LA
Account ExecutiveLos Angeles, CA
Entertainment Research AnalystNew York, NY
3D ArtistsNew Orleans, LA
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Wanderful Media - Wanderful Media, based in Los Gatos, CA, is aiming “to transform the $4 billion business of traditional advertising circulars through digital innovation."

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Limeade - Limeade is a Bellevue, WA based company that is aiming to “measurably improve well-being in the world through happy, healthy, high-performing workforces.”

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Crew MemberJena, LA
Carhop/SkaterMobile, AL
Director of Public RelationsBellevue, WA
GM PartnerJeanerette, LA
Recruiting CoordinatorBellevue, WA
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Sonos - Sonos is a Santa Barbara, CA and Cambridge, MA based company that set out in 2002 “to reinvent home audio for the digital age.”

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Instacart - Instacart is a San Francisco, CA based startup that offers personal grocery shopping/delivery in a growing number of markets (Chicago and the Bay Area now).

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Postmates Delivery DriverSan Francisco, CA
Accounting Assistant (Temp to Perm)San Francisco, CA
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General Manager (Houston)Houston, TX
Head of GrowthLos Angeles, CA
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Tinypass - Tinypass is an NYC based company that believes "that bloggers, magazines, newspapers, and all creators shouldn’t have so much trouble making money online.”

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Nest - Nest is a Palo Alto, CA based company that “takes the unloved products in your home and makes simple, beautiful, thoughtful things.”

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Bedrocket Media Ventures - Bedrocket Media Ventures is a New York, NY based company "leading a revolution in creating networks and programming that people love, delivered through the cloud.”

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Issuu - Issuu is a Palo Alto, CA and Copenhagen, Denmark based company that has built “the world’s fastest growing digital publishing platform."

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Riskive - Riskive is a Baltimore, MD based company that provides " technology dedicated to identifying, monitoring and preventing risk across the socially connected enterprise.”

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No current job openings.

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Brit + Co. - Brit + Co. is a San Francisco, CA based “online platform and e-commerce company that inspires and enables the digital generation to make.”

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Makeshop Retail AssistantSan Francisco, CA
Product DesignerSan Francisco, CA
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