How to become a UI/UX Designer

A UI/UX designer is responsible for developing the look and feel of websites. They focus on the user's journey and consider how to make it as smooth and productive as possible. Their role is important in the world of web design and can influence sites' performance in a number of ways, including conversion, time on site (TOS) statistics and shareability.

Personal requirements of a UI/UX Designer

  • Able to concentrate for long periods of time
  • Interested in coding
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Passion for computers and understanding new technology
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Able to work to deadlines

Education & Training for a UI/UX Designer

While you don't need formal training to become a UI/UX designer, it can be advantageous to study computer systems at university. To get into these courses, you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English, mathematics, chemistry and physics are normally required. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information.

Additional Information

Membership of the Australian Computer Society is available to those who hold, or are working towards, suitable qualifications. There is a range of membership types available, allowing progression through the various levels as a member's career develops.

Duties & Tasks of a UI/UX Designer

A UI/UX designer:

  • design, build and maintain websites by scripting languages, applying content creation and management tools, and using digital media
  • write, design or edit copy for websites
  • implement website updates
  • discuss ideas with clients to get a clear understanding of their requirements
  • decide on the design aspects of websites, including the use of graphics, links and forms
  • manage image and copyright issues.

Working conditions for a UI/UX Designer

Requires spending many hours sitting while using a computer, either in a commercial office or a home office.

Employment Opportunities for a UI/UX Designer

UX/UI designers typically work in IT-specific industries and IT departments within organisations. With appropriate experience, there are opportunities for self-employment.

Future growth:

Very strong

Employment by state:

ACT ACT 6.1%

NSW NSW 37.3%

NT NT 1%

QLD QLD 14.7%

SA SA 2.4%

TAS TAS 0.5%

VIC VIC 32.3%

WA WA 5.7%

Hours worked:

38.2

Unemployment:

Higher unemployment

Gender split:

Male 72.4%

Female 27.6%

Education level:

Not completed Year 12: 13.6%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 10.4%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 31.2%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 44.8%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 0%

20-24 - 8.4%

25-34 - 50.6%

35-44 - 27.7%

45-54 - 8.1%

55-59 - 0.3%

60-64 - 2.6%

65 and Over - 2.3%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.




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