User Experience Professionals Association

Career Outlook

Employment of user experience professionals is projected to grow 13 percent from 2017 to 2027, faster than the average for all occupations. Demand will be driven by the growing popularity of mobile devices and e-commerce.


Careers Represented by Association

Our members are employed in a wide variety of disciplines, including product and service strategy, design, research, content and development. We are colleagues in pursuit of a common goal: better products and services, better working, and better living through usability. Specialties:  UX research, UX design, Usability, Design, User Experience, Service Design, Interaction Design, User Experience Design, User Experience Research, UX, Web Design, Information Architecture, Usability Engineering, UCD, User-center design, User Research, Design Research, Product Design, and Digital Experience Design


Educational Opportunities

UXPA International Short Courses

Educational, timely, and relevant short courses to foster continued education among new and experienced UX practitioners. Courses will be presented live via GoToWebinar, and recordings will be available to students immediately following each class. Courses will be instructor-led with interactive participation.

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Brief Overview

User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA) International supports people who research, design, and evaluate the user experience (UX) of products and services. Founded in 1991, the original 50-member group has grown to serve a community that includes nearly 2,400 members worldwide by promoting UX concepts and techniques through our annual international conference, publishing new UX findings through both the Journal of Usability Studies (JUS) and User Experience Magazine, and our 59 local chapters in 30 countries around the world. In 2004, UXPA International established World Usability Day, which in 2011 was celebrated in 44 countries. In 2012, we announced a name change from the Usability Professionals Association (UPA) to User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA) International.


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    Typical Education

    Educational requirements for user experience professionals vary with the setting they work in and the type of work they do. Requirements range from a high school diploma to a bachelor’s degree. Your education should focus on two key areas: software and people – these careers draw from elements of psychology, visual design, communications and computer science; As a result, degrees in these areas can all be used as a stepping-stone – The software aspect of your education will help you become familiar with a wide range of programs and systems, including HTML, Javascript, Photoshop, iWork, Perl, CSS and more. It should also be emphasized that this career is a creative endeavor. Creativity, problem-solving, passion and attention to detail are important aspects of this profession.

    UXPA International events provide interactive opportunities for our members and the UX community to learn, have fun, and collaborate. Events are hosted by UXPA International, our amazing chapters all over the world, and in collaboration with our partners. Click here to see our conference schedule