What's your job title?
I asked people on Twitter who work in user experience roles to complete a short survey on job titles in the field.
Based on the results (and some other data kindly provided by John Knight), I proudly present the UX Job Title Generator.
Clearly, job titles aren't a lot of use in deciding on the skills needed for a UX team. I expanded on these thoughts in an article titled 'How to design like Leonardo da Vinci'.
Instructions for use: Choose a seniority from the first column (e.g. 'Lead'), add a practice orientation from the second column (e.g. 'User Experience') and finally choose a role orientation from the third column (e.g. 'Designer') to generate 882 different job titles in user experience.
|Junior||User Centred Design||Architect|
|Heavyweight||User Experience (UX)||Champion|
About the data
51 people on Twitter took the survey and listed 259 job titles. (If you took the survey for me, many thanks!) Many of the job titles were duplicates or near duplicates. I added some other seniority qualifiers (like 'Heavyweight' and 'Middleweight', though not, curiously, 'Lightweight') that I've seen in job advertisements. I also added some practice orientations that were missing from my list but I know exist in the real world (like 'User centred Design' and 'Human Factors' — the Twitterverse is obviously a biased sample).
The UPA's 2011 annual salary survey (published August 15th, 2011) shows that the most common job titles in the field are "User Experience Practitioner", "Usability Professional", "User Researcher", "Experience Designer", "User Experience Manager", and "Interaction Designer". You can pretty much generate all of these from the table.
Many thanks to John Knight (UX Architect at Head London and Editor of Usability News) for sharing his UX Competency presentation with me. The column titles are from his similar analysis of UX roles.
About the author
Dr. David Travis (@userfocus on Twitter) holds a BSc and a PhD in Psychology and he is a Chartered Psychologist. He has worked in the fields of human factors, usability and user experience since 1989 and has published two books on usability. David helps both large firms and start ups connect with their customers and bring business ideas to market. If you like his articles, you'll love his online user experience training course.
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