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How to become a UX Designer

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What do UX Designers do?

It’s a UX (“User Experience”) Designers job to create easy, efficient, relevant, pleasant experiences for the end-user. UX Design can be applied to any product or service from websites to vegetable peelers, or even a visit to the local supermarket.

If you’re practical but creative, have great all-round communication skills and are looking for a job which is fast paced, full of variety and requires lots of human interaction, then a career in UX Design could be really rewarding.

About you:

  • Empathetic, curious and an excellent communicator
  • A critical thinker with a flair for visual design and great analytical skills
  • Collaborates well and has good writing skills with at least a basic understanding of coding

 

The job:

  • Meet with clients to gain an understanding of their product or service
  • Conduct market and user research
  • Design and develop prototypes/drafts/mock-ups based on user needs
  • Collaborate with Designers and Developers to polish the product ensuring the best experience for end-users
  • Present the final solution to the client and help with its delivery

 

UX Designer salary (average) $90,000 per year

(Source: careerfoundry.com)

 

UX Designers are in demand in these locations:

New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT with a projected job growth nationally of 13.6% by 2024.

(source: seek.com.au)

 

How to become a UX Designer in Australia

 

There are no formal qualification requirements to become a UX Designer in Australia and there are many pathways into this career. However obtaining a degree in a related field could jumpstart your career and make you eligible to apply for more senior positions, faster.

 

Step 1 – Study English and Maths and computer science at high school. Psychology and creative subjects could also be beneficial

 

Step 2 – Do some reading about UX Design and work out which of the many career options in UX Design would best suit you

 

Step 3 – Develop your eye for design (not just the visual but how processes work and connect) and gain more understanding of human psychology. A good way to make   this happen and boost your CV is to get some related work experience.

 

Step 4 – Check out short courses and degrees in UX or visual design.

User Design Experience at RMIT

UX/IU Bootcamp at the University of Adelaide

User Interface and Experience Design with Open Universities

Certificate III in Design Fundamentals at North Metro TAFE

Bachelor of Design (Interactive and UX Design) at USC

 

Step 5 – Create your portfolio (include any mock design projects, blogs, websites etc., that showcase your work and skills), keep it updated. Stay up to date with new trends, user expectations, software, and don’t forget to network.

 

Step 6 – Consider further qualifications to upskill and keep you competitive. E.g. Graduate Certificate of UX and Web Design

 

Find out more here –

https://www.design.org.au/

 

Similar Careers to UX Designer

 

UI (User Interface) Designer

Web Designer

Graphic Designer

App Developer

Digital Project Manager

Architect

Instructional Designer

Product Designer

 

Find out more about alternative careers.

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

 

  • What is the difference between UX and UI?

They are both elements of the consumer experience. User Interface (UI) Design is all about creating an appealing look or layout, you’ll need to understand coding and visual design concepts like colour schemes, fonts etc. Whereas User Experience (UX) focuses on functionality, how the end users will interact with the product or service, how to streamline them to make them easy to use but get a specific job done. The goal being to provide a good or pleasant experience for the end-user.

  • Do I need to learn programming to become a UX Designer?

No you don’t, but knowledge of HTML, CSS, and coding will help you do better in your job and could be advantageous when applying for jobs.

  • Where do UX Designers work?

UX Designers can work anywhere; in offices, Design firms, with companies who design and produce products and or services of any description, financial organisations including banks, large accounting firms etc., Government departments, Museums, or for themselves even working remotely from home.

  • Do I need to go to university to become a UX Designer?

Not necessarily. Portfolios and work experience probably count more when you’re applying for jobs, but relevant qualifications could also work in your favour and help you to get interviews more easily.




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