UX Designer Job roles, responsibilities, descriptions and duties

UX Designer Job roles, responsibilities, descriptions and duties

Date of posting: 14 Jan 20

What are the job roles and responsibilities of an UX Designer?

UX (user experience) designers measure and optimize applications (usually web-based) to improve ease of use (usability),and create the best user experience by exploring many different approaches to solve end-users’ problems. One way that a UX designer might do this is by conducting in-person user tests to observe behavior. They then refine and tweak apps, software, and websites to create products that people like and find easy to use.

A similar role is that of a UI (user interface) designer. However, UI designers focus more on designing the presentation and interactivity of a product. Some roles combine both UX and UI.

For a UX designer, typical duties include:

  • considering existing applications and evaluating their UX (user experience) effectiveness

  • considering the human-computer interaction (HCI) element of a design

  • using online tools, such as screen readers, to aid their research

  • running user testing of applications, software, and websites

  • defining interaction models, user task flows, and UI (user interface) specifications

  • communicating scenarios (hypothetical users),end-to-end experiences, interaction models, and screen designs to other people working on a product

  • working with creative directors and visual designers to incorporate a visual or brand identity into the finished product

  • developing and maintaining design wireframes (basic mock-ups of applications) and specifications

Typical employers of UX designers

  • Financial services organizations

  • Manufacturing companies

  • Educational institutions

  • Banks

  • Specialist software development companies

  • Consulting firms

  • Telecommunications companies

  • Public sector organizations

  • Self-Employment is also an option for UX designers

  • UX design jobs are advertised online, by careers services and by recruitment agencies.

Qualifications and training required

There are routes into UX design for both graduates and school leavers. Many UX jobs advertised ask for a bachelor's degree in a design or computing-related subject. To enter the profession without a degree, you could start out in another digital design role and specialize in UX when you have built up a portfolio of experience. Alternatively, you could start by seeking out one of the few UX apprenticeships available.

To find out more about getting into IT and technology via a school leaver route, visit the IT and technology section of TARGETcareers, our website aimed at school leavers.

Key skills for UX designers

  • Artistic eye for design

  • Ability to think creatively

  • Mathematical aptitude and strong problem-solving skills

  • Excellent IT and programming skills

  • Excellent organizational, time and project management skills

  • Accuracy and attention to detail

  • An understanding of the latest trends and their role in a commercial environment

  • Self-development skills to keep up to date with fast-changing trends

  • Professional approach to time, costs and deadlines