What Job Can You Get with a Master's Degree Specializing in Human-Computer Interaction and User Experience?
A Degree in Information (MSI or MI) Human-Computer Interaction and User Experience (HCI/UX) major from Drexel University provides students with the real-world skills necessary to pursue a career in user experience (UX) and design.
HCI vs UX Career Prospects
In gaining a solid knowledge foundation in user experience through Drexel’s MSI program, you’ll be able to connect the dots between the graphical design and technical implementation to create the most user-friendly, intuitive web experience possible. The average salary for a front-end designer/developer is around $77,000 per year, according to Glassdoor.
Product Managers & Designers
Our HCI/UX curriculum prepares students for the role of a product designer or product manager. Product designers are problem solvers by nature; through design and technology, they evaluate existing products and improve them to serve individuals and/or companies better. According to Glassdoor, the starting salary for a product manager or designer is $106,766.
Interaction designers consider multiple factors and features in designing a product (including wireframes and prototypes) to help the user achieve the best outcome possible, such as user behavior, motion, sound, time, physical environment and/or the overall look and feel. According to Glassdoor, the yearly salary for an interaction designer ranges from $61,000 to $115,000, with an average annual base pay of $88,124.
User Experience Designer/Researcher
A user experience designer or user experience researcher is skilled in analyzing and identifying the identity and behavior of end users to design more effective products. The user experience researcher salary ranges from $62,000 to $130,000, with an average annual base pay of around $90,600, according to Glassdoor. User experience researcher jobs were ranked in 2017 among the best 40 jobs in America by CNN Money with a projected growth of 19% in the coming decade.
Human Factors Engineer
Human Factors Engineers operate at the intersection of humans and technology; through data and design principles, they design objects, facilities and environments that consider the principles and theories around human experience and ergonomics. The yearly salary for a human factors engineer position ranges from approximately $62,000 to $121,000, with an average salary of $82,670 (based on PayScale data).
What is the Job Outlook for Human-Computer Interaction and UX Specialists?
The master's in human-computer interaction and UX job outlook in the United States is positive; the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects user-related and systems analyst positions as growth areas for the coming decade.
Is HCI/ UX a Good Career Path?
As technology is becoming more and more integral to our economy, more HCI/UX professionals will be needed in the coming years to interpret, design, and implement products, websites and environments with the user in mind. The career path for HCI/UX graduates can lead to any industry that uses technology to connect with customers or clients, such as manufacturing, information technology, finance, or healthcare companies and/or government institutions.
Expected Salaries with a Master’s Degree in Human-Computer Interaction and UX
The average salary for those with a Masters in Information with the Human-Computer Interaction and UX Track is more than $91,000 per year, with potential to earn more over time.
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