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- Sep 26, 2022
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We're going to be talking about why you should get into UX Design. I'm going to go over the right reasons and the benefits of being a part of this field.
UX jobs are on the rise and the digital product design world getting so much more attention, there’s a lot of current and aspiring designers looking to make a big break into a UX career.
But Why? Why is so hot right now and in the last couple of years?
Let's go over the reason why you should pursue a career path in UX.
Right now, if you happen to scroll through a design job board, you will notice the demand for user experience (UX) designers is very clear.
For the past 8 years, people have been using touchscreen mobile devices to do pretty much everything from ordering food, ordering a cab, shopping online, checking in for appointments, traveling, reserving hotels, social media consumption, and entertainment. Pretty much our lives are becoming dependent on the technology of apps and websites.
Kids are growing up thinking that a TV is broken just because it doesn't swipe when they touch it. True story, my niece was swiping the tv at 5 years old because that's what she has learned to do when playing games on her mobile device.
All these apps and web services have interfaces that people interact with and these interfaces had to be crafted and designed by User Experience Designers. Think about that, the demand for UX design is just going to keep growing for years to come because of technology. This also includes the future of augmented and virtual reality.
Nowadays, Businesses across the globe have recognized that having apps and websites with an intuitive and functional user experience is not only crucial to their customers’ happiness and satisfaction; but it’s also key to their company’s brand and their ability to make big profits.
The rewards of good UX design can be huge for any business, which means that UX designers have the potential to attract very healthy salaries.
But please don't make money your primary reason to get you into this career path. UX positions tend to pay a little better than most other design jobs, but that's for a good reason: it’s a lot of hard work. Are you're up for that?
Here are the main reasons why you should get into UX career right now:
1. Job growth. The field of User Experience has been growing astronomically over the past decade along with technology. If you decide you want to pursue a career in UX, you have anywhere from 8,000–24,000 job openings worldwide waiting for you at any given time and the need is projected to grow 22% over the next decade as technology continues to advance.
2. You can build value for any business. Good UX design results into happier customers, less call center calls, more sales, fewer abandoned carts, and higher profits.
3. You can work remotely. There are many industries where User Experience promises a flexible work-life balance and it fits right in with other tech jobs that can be done working from home in a virtual setting.
4. UX overlaps with other disciplinary skills. This is great news for you if you're interested in UX, because you're most likely to already have some helpful skills in your arsenal. UX is a field that borrows from a variety disciplines... wether is coding experience, graphic design, researching, or psychology? The list of overlapping skill-sets is endless and only gets better because this works in your favor.
5. Great Paying Salaries. Back in 2015, entry-level salaries for UX professionals in the US were about $63,000. Now that number is about $92,000 on average in the US. Good news, UX salaries are going to continue getting higher.
6. Plenty of learning resources. Honestly, there are so many amazing resources at your fingertips to jump-start your learning in this field. There’s no better time to immerse yourself in user experience. The good news is that there are many free resources to begin with and you don't need a degree to break into this field.
The bottom line is, there will always be problems to solve, so UX is not going anywhere anytime soon. However, it is evolving, and it’s important to know how, and when to capitalize on the industry’s evolution. If you want to know how to get started in UX, I have a video on that that will take you step by step on how to jump-start your UX career.
Well I hope this information brought you value and has helped you out in some way or another.
Good luck out there!