Junior User Experience Designer

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Digital - Online / App / Mobile

Junior User Experience (UX or UE) Designers are responsible for researching testing and analysing the underlying structures of a product or service, providing insight and solutions as to how greater user friendliness can be achieved.

Work activities

A User Experience designer will research and test data which is later used to produce an interface. This should enhance user satisfaction of the product or service by making it as usable, intuitive and accessible as possible.

Working conditions

Working hours are normally 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, though you may need to start earlier or work past 5pm or on weekends in order to meet deadlines.

Entry requirements

Many agencies offer entry level UX Designer positions which offer on-the-job training. Many employers will hire graduates from less technical subjects, such as human computer interaction, web development, computer science, information and communications, graphic design and psychology studies. It is advisable to build a portfolio which demonstrates strong design skills and successful user interfaces. It is also possible to find apprenticeships to enter user experience roles, and these routes are often taken by people with interest in design, layout, psychology, typography, prototyping or user flows.

Job income

  • Salaries start around £21,000 annually
  • Most account directors can extend this to between £25,000 and £38,000 annually
  • With experience, salaries can be up to £47,000
  • Figures are intended as a guideline only

Benefits and prospects

Junior User Experience Designers have promotion opportunities and may advance to roles such as User Experience Designer.

tasks

  • Research and analyse user interaction in order to optimise the overall user experience of the site
  • Create intuitive designs that are both visually appealing and can be easily understood by a user
  • Create initial wireframes to help demonstrate and test the user's experience
  • Communicate with other designers and developers to optimise the site's usability

Skills and qualities

  • A creative and logical mind-set
  • A good understanding of human interaction and psychology
  • Have an extensive knowledge of web design and web programming
  • Have an analytical approach to research and data
  • Work well in a team and the ability to follow instructions
  • Excellent drawing and wire framing skills