Thinking About A Career in UX?
Now’s the Time
– Written by Sheena Lyonnais
Good news for all you future UX designers out there, 2017 is shaping up to be one heck of a year for experience design careers.
According to Computer World, product designers and UX designers topped the list of in-demand digital roles in 2016. It’s hard to imagine demand for these jobs decreasing when technology continues to top the list of the fastest growing industries in America. Tech jobs are expected to increase 12 percent by 2024, compared to 6.5 percent for other industries. Some categories, like web development for example, will see job opportunities increase by some 27 percent.
The areas of growth are as vast as your imagination. Forbes’ tech trend forecast predicts augmented reality will become mainstream this year, silos will break down between departments allowing for more cross pollination between roles, smart technology will become “cognitive” technology and the Internet of Things and AI will become a priority. User experience and experience design play a role in all of these things.
At the time of this writing, there were more than 7,000 posted jobs for “UX designer” on indeed.com and more than 30,000 for “product designer.” LinkedIn pulled up similar results for UX designer jobs. Not to mention, there are a few related opportunities available on Adobe Careers as well.
Describing Yourself as “Creative” is Good for the Bank Account
If you combine your tech skills with creative chops, baby the world is yours for the taking.
In Adobe’s State of Create: 2016 report, it was announced that respondents who describe themselves as creative earn an average of 13 percent more than those who identified as non-creators, yet only five in 10 Americans surveyed described themselves in this way.
This is despite the fact that respondents overwhelmingly agreed that creativity makes for good business. Ninety percent said businesses that invest in creativity were more likely to see increases in employee satisfaction, faster innovation and happier customers. Not to mention happier employees!
The results stem from a recent survey commissioned by Adobe featuring responses from more than 5,000 adults based in the United States, UK, Germany, France and Japan.
Adobe’s own Mala Sharma, VP & GM of Creative Cloud Product, Marketing and Community, said that storytelling is one of the best ways to hone your creativity as a designer. Narrative contributes to every aspect of product and business development including effective communication.
“This was once considered a soft skill, but now it’s a mandate and a professional differentiator. A great storyteller, whether it’s in finance, engineering or legal, has a better chance of getting their ideas heard and acted on,” she wrote.
Designing Your Career
What’s the lesson here? With so much opportunity on the horizon, don’t underestimate your creativity. Complex new technologies and user interfaces require out-of-the-box thinking that haven’t seen before. Tapping into your creative side has the potential to enhance your job prospects and personal happiness, not to mention your income.
What can I do with Adobe XD?
Design at the speed of thought. – Draw, reuse and remix vector and raster artwork to create wireframes, screen layouts, interactive prototypes and production-ready assets all in the same app. Work with powerful tools like Repeat Grid built specifically for XD and with layers, symbols and pen tools that have been reimagined for UX design.
Power up your prototypes. – Switch easily from design to prototype mode without leaving the app to keep your ideas going without interruption. Add interactions and animations and share with teammates and stakeholders to test the look and feel of your design.
Preview the whole experience. – Eliminate guesswork by previewing your designs in real time, complete with transitions. Make changes and see them immediately applied live on your phone or tablet so your experience looks exactly the way you want it.
Work together. Work faster. – Send a link to team members and get quick feedback on your designs by letting people comment directly on your prototypes. Share production-ready artwork with developers so they can build to your specifications.