UX jobs and careers

UX is a well established but fast-changing profession. As a UX specialist you could realistically have a number of different titles, depending on the specifics of the role, the UX maturity of the business and the output needed in the role. You could be called a UX Consultant, a User Researcher, a UX Designer a Service Designer as well as a number of other titles.

Why consider a career as a UX Consultant?

If you’re fascinated by how people use products and services, then UX might be for you. You’ll be called upon to understand the user of any chosen product or service, train colleagues in UX best practice and evangelise the latest user experience methodologies. Sometimes your work will be closely related to ROI, in other environments, you may be further removed from the end product or result.

What does a career or job in UX entail?

Whether you’re client-side or working for an agency, you’ll be responsible for championing the user when redesigning a public-facing site, mobile app, internal system or any other platform within the digital ecosystem. Work could also spread to other touchpoints outside of digital and encompass offline services.

Working in UX means collaborating with a wide variety of skillsets, especially if your team works to agile principles and in cross-functional teams. You’ll most likely interface a lot with product people, BA’s, project managers, developers, creatives, data specialists and marketing people.

User experience as a practice involves many skills from research, testing, design, workshop and facilitation, analytics, strategy and more.

What are typical UX job titles?

UX Consultant
UX Designer
UX Researcher
User Researcher
Information Architect
Service Designer
UX Analyst

What does career progression in UX look like?

Junior / Midweight / Senior / Principal / Lead
UX Manager
UX Design Manager
Head of UX / Head of UX Design
Director of UX / UX Director / UX Design Director

What is the average UX Salary?

At an entry-level, junior/graduate UX specialists on average will be earning between £20k-£28k. At the mid-level you’d be looking to earn £28k-£40k, seniors between £40-50k leads between 50k-60k, ‘head of’ / management £60k+.

Is it right for me? The skills it takes…

Being a ‘design thinker’, user-centred, analytical, strategic and above all else a problem solver. To work in UX you’ll need soft skills including empathy, communication and a collaborative mindset. The tools available and in use vary depending on environment but an ability to wireframe and prototype in more design orientated roles is common. Tools such as Sketch, InVision, Figma, the Adobe suite. An understanding of project management practices and processes, research and testing software also.

What qualifications do you need for a job in UX?

There are many pathways into UX, so a degree in something design-oriented is common (this could be product design or digital media). Computer science degrees are common, along with Psychology degrees.


Our latest User Experience & Design jobs

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CX/UX Designer

  • Remote (UK)
  • Permanent
  • Up to £38k.

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Progressive Ecommerce Agency

Work with exciting up-and-coming ecommerce brands.

Join a design-focused organisation.

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29th Apr

UX Designer – Digital Healthcare Product team

Purpose Driven

  • Remote
  • Permanent
  • Up to £55k

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Digital Healthcare Product Team

Join a purpose driven digital healthcare team making products that help thousands of people.

Work alongside other product, UX and Design specialists.

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16th Apr

Digital Experience Lead

Purpose Driven

  • Birmingham / Hybrid
  • Permanent
  • DOE

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In-house Agency Team

Play a lead role in an in-house design studio.

Work with global clients on interesting and varied digital projects.

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03rd Apr


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