UX designers and UI designers are in high demand, enjoy generous salaries, and get to solve complex and impactful problems. Read on to learn more about how to get a job as a UX/UI designer in Boston.
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Boston is a hidden gem of a city when it comes to UX/UI design. While it might not have San Francisco’s high density of tech companies, New York City’s diversity of industries, or Seattle’s major conglomerates like Amazon or Microsoft, it does have three sectors that have given rise to the demand for UX/UI designers.
The three key industries in the Greater Boston Area are healthcare, finance and insurance, and higher education, with each category having significant players such as Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s, and Children’s Hospital, Boston; Liberty Mutual Holdings Company, State Street Bank & Trust Co, and Fidelity; and Boston University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Harvard University. As these industries innovate to maintain their competitive advantage, UX/UI designers have gone from being “nice-to-have” employees to vital contributors to the user-friendliness of the products, services, and courses these organizations offer.
The density of top-tier higher education institutions in Boston has also fueled the city’s transformation into a startup hub in its own right—many companies have set up shop in Boston to take advantage of the talent graduating from some of the world’s most prestigious academic institutions. A large number of college graduates from the area are also choosing to stay in Boston to launch their startups.
On top of all that, Boston is one of the most beautiful and historic cities in the United States that’s walkable, offers access to world-class healthcare, and is more affordable compared to other tech hubs in the country.
There’s no set path to becoming a UX/UI designer in Boston, but below are some proven tips to get you closer to that dream UX/UI design job.
Boston’s mix of legacy institutions such as universities and insurance firms and the many startups to have come out of those institutions means that there’s a diversity of opportunities for UX designers, regardless of experience or expertise. For example, smaller startups hiring their first lead UX designer can offer qualified applicants a way to flex their creativity and problem-solving skills and have a huge impact on the company. Meanwhile, larger, more established companies with existing design teams can offer more resources and support (such as insight from UX research, data science, and software engineering teams) to UX designers who prefer to work within a team.
On the experience spectrum, Boston area companies like Corvus Insurance, LinkSquares, and Accenture all recently posted job listings for junior UX designers (1-3 years of experience), while companies such as Fidelity, VMWare, CVS Health, and MIT sought UX designers with at least 5+ years of experience.
Some Boston-based companies (or companies with Boston outposts) that are hiring UX/UI designers include:
UX/UI designers in Boston can make upwards of $100,000 a year, according to Glassdoor.
Entry-level UX/UI designers in Boston earn an average base salary of around $73,869, with cash and stock bonuses that can range between $1,500-16,000.
Senior-level UX/UI designers in Boston earn an average base salary of around $98,530, with cash and stock bonuses that can range between $2,000-20,000.
There are many casual and formal UX/UI design groups and conferences held in Boston where designers can network, share career and collaboration opportunities, and post listings for UX designer jobs. Some of those groups include:
Many entry-level UX/UI design jobs in Boston require candidates to know at least the basics of design—from familiarity with tools such as Sketch and Figma to knowing how to apply design thinking to solve a problem. These skills can be learned without any prior design or technical experience.
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