User Experience

How to become a User Experience Researcher?

This blog, like the previous related to UX frequently asked questions, is best left to the experts.  Below, I have shared some related suggestions from User Experience experts out in the world:

Springboard

TalentLyft suggests the following requirements and specifications for an entry-level UX researcher:

  • BA/BS degree
  • Some experience as a UX research specialist or similar role
  • Comfort launching and iterating quickly and using data
  • In-depth understanding of UI design
  • Experience conducting user research
  • Experience with qualitative and user-centered design methodologies
  • Working knowledge of quantitative, behavioral analysis and statistics
  • Critical-thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Team player
  • Good time-management skills
  • Great interpersonal and communication skills”

Zippia

“Most market research analysts need at least a bachelor’s degree. Top research positions may require a master’s degree. Strong math and analytical skills are essential. ……

  • Education
  • Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations
  • Analytical skills
  • Communication skills
  • Critical-thinking skills
  • Detail oriented”

Hubspot

“UX Research seems to be one of those careers: everybody in it is a life-long learner. It’s a great fit for the naturally curious, and for people with a strong investigative bent. I’m lucky to be part of a UX research team at HubSpot whose members strive to collaborate, share lessons learned, and teach each other different ways of working so we can all grow. And as we all remember what it was like to be starting out in the field, we also love to mentor junior researchers as they learn and mature in their career.

But I also frequently hear from people who are outside of the UX Research field and are wondering how to break into it. More often than not, these people are ready and willing to put in the time to study up (did I mention it’s an attractive career field for people who love to learn new things?) — it’s just that they’re not sure where to start.

In this post, I’ll share the advice I usually give to folks who are on the path towards their first job in UX Research. That advice comes in two flavors: talking the talk, and walking the walk.”

Hired

“When companies need to have a thorough understanding of how to design products that will appeal to their targeted end-user, they rely on the skills of UX (user experience) Researchers. This is an in-demand profession that shows little sign of slowing down, as these UX Researchers engage in methodical research and analysis that inform the entire design process of a product. The work of a UX Researcher can make a company more successful, something that cannot be overstated in this highly-competitive, tech-driven world.

Here are the steps the Career Path shares on: How to Become a UX Researcher

  • Getting Through the Door
  • Degrees and Experience
  • Working as a Junior Level UX Researcher
  • Moving up the Ranks
  • Advance Your Career
  • Study the Cored Fields
  • Invest in Yourself
  • Don't stop at UX Research
  • UX Researcher Job Description
  • What We Need Your Help With
  • We Look For
  • These Would Also Be Nice
  • Senior UX Researcher Career Paths: Where to Go from Here”

Notes: What is user experience design? What is user experience? How to study user experience? How to become a user experience researcher? How to become a user experience designer? How to get into user experience? What does a user experience designer do? Which is an example of an unnecessary resource negatively impacting the user experience? What is connected user experiences and telemetry? What is a user experience researcher?
 

Date posted: February 11, 2020

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