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UX/UI Developer

Also goes by: UX Strategist, UX Architect, UX Product Manager, UX Analyst, Visual Designer.

What Is a UX/UI Developer?

UX/UI developers focus on designing and implementing user interfaces that provide a good user experience. They work closely with front-end developers, but are also often involved in design decisions.

How much will I make?

Salaries can range by location and years of experience, but these are averages for the US.

$68,375.00
according to Salary.com

Will I get a job?

Projected job growth is 22% for the period 2020-2030 in the US, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

64,957
Total Openings
according to comptia.org

Who will I work for?

  • Tech Companies (Adobe, Facebook)
  • Design Agencies
  • E-commerce Companies
  • Software
  • Startups
  • Digital Marketing Firms

UX/UI Developer’s Daily Activities

No UX/UI Developer works alone! UX/UI Developers spend their days collaborating with designers, other developers, and product or project managers to bring web applications to life. Below you will get a sense for what a day-in-the-life of a UX/UI Developer could be:

Collaborate With Your Team Members to Build web applications

UX/UI Developers work hand-in-hand with their team members to create web applications. In order to do this, you’ll need to have an understanding of a wide variety of skills including HTML, CSS, JavaScript. Collaboration can take many forms, including planning and strategy meetings, design brainstorms, reviews, and pairing.

Code Your web application

Much of a UX/UI Developer’s day is spent coding. In practice this means having a development environment set up on one’s computer that allows you to track your progress as you go.

Test Your web application

One of the joys of working as a UX/UI Developer is that web applications are ALWAYS breaking! As a developer one of your core duties is testing your web applications for bugs and errors and working to fix them

How To Become a

UX/UI Developer

It’s absolutely possible to become a UX/UI Developer even if you have no prior experience in tech and no degree. In fact, a career as a UX/UI Developer is one of the best entry level jobs in tech. Read on to learn how to do it!

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Learn The Required Skills

First things first, in order to become a UX/UI Developer you have to learn the required tech skills!

HTML

HTML (HyperText Markup Language) is a coding language used to define parts of web pages or mobile apps to the web browsers that visit them, for example HTML tells browsers which part of a webpage is a header, which is a footer, where paragraphs belong, where images, graphics, and videos are placed, etc.

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CSS

CSS stands for Cascading Style Sheets with an emphasis placed on “Style.” CSS specifies your document’s style — page layouts, colors, and fonts

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JavaScript

JavaScript is a scripting language used to create and control dynamic website content, i.e. anything that moves, refreshes, or otherwise changes on your screen without requiring you to manually reload a web page.

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ReactJS

ReactJS is a JavaScript library used for building user interfaces in web applications, offering a component-based approach and efficiently updating the user interface based on data changes.

Back-end Programming

Back End technology is any web technology the works “under the hood” of a websites that users don’t interact with directly, but that make the front end of the website “work.”

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User Experience Design

UX design is a user-centric approach that design teams take to account for the user’s experience, with the goal of creating accessible and usable applications that do not neglect functionality for design.

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SQL

SQL stands for “Structured Query Language” and it is a programming language used to manage data in relational database management systems, creating data structures, and accessing data in web development.

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Git

Git is a distributed version control system that tracks changes in source code during software development, facilitating collaboration among developers and enabling code management across different versions.

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Software Testing

Software architecture involves high-level structure decisions, while design principles guide the creation of modular, maintainable, and scalable software systems.

Web Security

Web security focuses on protecting websites and web applications from cyber threats, ensuring data confidentiality, preventing unauthorized access, and safeguarding against common attacks like SQL injection and cross-site scripting (XSS).

Responsive Design

Adapts web content to different devices, optimizing user experience and ensuring proper display on desktops, tablets, and smartphones.

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RESTful APIs

RESTful APIs are web interfaces following Representational State Transfer principles, using standard HTTP methods for communication between clients and servers.

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User Interface Design

UI stands for user interface, and user interface design is the field that involves planning, creating, and improving this aspect of websites and applications.

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User Testing

User testing involves evaluating software or products with real users to gather feedback and insights on usability, user experience, and potential improvements.

User Personas

User personas (also called UX personas) are models that represent the different types of users who might interact with a product or service. They usually include information like demographics, behavior patterns, motivations, and goals.

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UX Research

UX research is defined as “the methodic study of target users — including their need and pain points — so designers have the sharpest possible insights to work with to make the best designs.”

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JavaScript Frameworks

JavaScript frameworks are collections of JavaScript code libraries that provide developers with pre-written JS code to use for routine programming features and tasks—literally a framework to build websites or web applications around.

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JQuery

jQuery is a collection of pre-written JavaScript code (known as a JavaScript library) that you can add to your own coding projects.

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Web Accessibility

Web accessibility is the inclusive practice of removing barriers to web applications for people with disabilities.

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UX Design Principles

UX design principles are guidelines for using design elements to build a layout, optimize a page’s composition, and maximize the overall user experience.

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Build A Portfolio

The best way to demonstrate that you have the necessary skills—especially when you have no prior experience—is with a portfolio of professional quality coding samples.

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Apply For Tech Jobs

Once you’ve learned all the required technical skills and built a killer portfolio, it’s time to dust off that old resume and LinkedIn profile and hit the pavement, or Internet superhighway as it were, in search of your first job as a Front End Developer!

➡️ Prepare Your Resume, LinkedIn, and Portfolio

Although your most valuable asset as you job search is your portfolio, you do have to cross your t’s and dot your i’s and when it comes to the job search that means optimizing your resume and LinkedIn profile. Tech employers expect you to have all three!

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➡️ Build Your Network

Your net worth is in your network, which can be hard when you’re changing careers! But don’t worry, the tech industry is incredibly welcoming to newcomers. Whether you prefer in-person meetups, Slack channels, coffee-over-zoom chats, conferences, hack-a-thons or a little bit of everything, there are tons of opportunities for you to meet fellow techies.

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➡️ Find Good Jobs To Apply For

A good job can be hard to find—or is it? The good news about tech is that there are so many openings at so many diverse companies that your biggest challenge will most likely be keeping up with all the opportunities!

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➡️ Practice Interviewing

Whether you’re a season pro, or brand new to the tech industry: interviewing for a new job is tough! Add to that technical interviews…and you’ve got a recipe for heartburn, practically guaranteed. Luckily there’s an antacid on the market that works every time: practice. Read on for expert guidance on how to prepare for your next tech job interview.

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➡️ Prepare for Technical Tests

Ah the dreaded technical test! Technical tests can come in many different forms: whiteboard tests, pair programming tests, take-home tests, algorithmic tests…just to name a few. Luckily, getting good at technical tests is a skill, just like anything else, and it’s one you can absolutely practice ahead of time.

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