Usability Specialist. Group 2: Alison Baum, Erin McKiel, Lindley Shedd, & Jeff Welty December 4, 2006. Who Are They?. User Experience Specialist. Web Interaction Specialist. Usability Manager. Human Interface Analyst. Usability Research Engineer. Human Factors Specialist.
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Erin McKiel, Lindley Shedd,
& Jeff Welty
December 4, 2006
User Experience Specialist
Web Interaction Specialist
Human Interface Analyst
Usability Research Engineer
Human Factors Specialist
User-Centered Design Specialist
Software QA Specialist
Informing team members, clients, users, etc. of usability concepts, their importance, and how they can be applied to improve design
Using research and experience to advance concepts, tools, and techniques vital to the usability specialization
Source: Calarco, P., & Bales, A (2006, November). DIY Usability Workshop: A Hands-on Approach.
Presentation for the Fall meeting of the Indiana Online Users Group and the Indiana
Chapter of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, Columbus, IN.
From one Digital Projects and Usability Librarian:
Source: From an email interview with Michelle Dalmau, Digital Projects and Usability Librarian,
Indiana University Digital Library Program.
Pictures of a usability study conducted at the User Experience Group at IUB
From Local to Global:
As in-house specialists within an individual organization
As consultants on a project by project basis
As generalists on project teams with cross-specialization experience
From Private to Public:
“Balance of liberal education and professional specialization”
Generally Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s preferred
Average Salary of 1,329 respondents to the UPA Member and Salary Survey = $78,445.05
Average Salary by Education Level
Individual salaries are dependent upon experience, education, geographic location, employment level, etc.
How Much Can They Make?
Outlook is good!
Source: Hecker, Daniel E. (2005). Occupational employment projections to 2014. Monthly Labor Review 76, 70-101. Retrieved on November 29, 2006, from http://www.bls.gov/opub/mlr/2005/11/art5full.pdf
Every day is different !
Journal of Usability Studies
A List Apart
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
Human-Computer Interaction Resource Network
Usability Professionals’ Association
American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA)
STC/Usability and User Experience Community
Calarco, P., & Bales, A (2006, November). DIY Usability Workshop: A Hands-on Approach. Presentation for the Fall meeting of the Indiana Online Users Group and the Indiana Chapter of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, Columbus, IN.
Chen, E., Krug, S, & Instone, K. (2001). Role: Usability specialist. The 4th AIGA Advance for Design Summit. Retrieved October 25, 2006, from http://www.aiga.org/content.cfm?contentalias=usabilityspecialist
Dick, D. (2006). The career path for usability professionals: A review of the UPA DC June 7, 2006. Usability Interface,12(2). Retrieved November 27, 2006, from http://www.stcsig.org/usability/newsletter/0610-careers.html
Hecker, Daniel E. (2005). Occupational employment projections to 2014. Monthly Labor Review76, 70-101. Retrieved November 29, 2006, from http://www.bls.gov/opub/mlr/2005/11/art5full.pdf
Learnmore Resource Center. (2006). Interview with a usability specialist. Retrieved October 25, 2006, from http://www.learnmoreindiana.org/careers/hitech/us.xml
Sherman, P. (2006, June). 2005 UPA member and salary survey. The UPA Voice, 8(3). Retrieved November 13, 2006, from http://www.usabilityprofessionals.org/usability_resources/surveys/2005_upa_salary_survey.pdf
Wilson, C. (2005, Jan.). Usability and user experience design: The next decade. Intercom. Retrieved November 27, 2006, from http://www.stc.org/intercom/pdfs/2005/200501_6.pdf
Job listings surveyed from Monster.com and Careerbuilder.com