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What is a Digital Interface Designer?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”), the U.S. Department of Labor’s principal fact- finding agency for the federal government in the field of labor, economics, and statistics that provides data on employment and wages, Digital Interface Designers develop, create, and test website or interface layout, functions, and navigation for usability. They are responsible for the look and functionality of the website or interface.
• Meet with clients or management to discuss the needs, design, and functionality of a website or interface
• Create and test applications, interfaces, and navigation menus for a website
• Write code for the website, using programming languages such as HTML or XML
• Work with other team members to determine what information the site will contain
• Work with graphics and other designers to determine the website’s layout
• Integrate graphics, audio, and video into the website
• Monitor website traffic
• Create prototypes and mockups of websites or applications
• Design and develop graphics
When creating a website, Digital Interface Designers have to make their client’s vision a reality. They build particular types of websites, such as ecommerce, news, or gaming sites, to fit clients’ needs. Different types of websites require different applications. For example, a gaming site should be able to handle advanced graphics, whereas an ecommerce site would need a payment-processing application. The Digital Designer focuses on the look and usability of these elements across browsers or devices.
Digital Interface Designers are responsible for creating the look and feel of a website or interface with regard to photos, color, font type and size, graphics, and layout. They also are responsible for the functionality, usability, and compatibility of the website or interface.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Web Developers and Digital Designers,
How much does a Digital Interface Designer get paid?*
According to JobsEQ, a labor market data provider developed by economists and data scientists, Digital Interface Designers made an annual average salary of $82,400 in 2019.
The top 25% of earners made an annual average salary of $102,900 and the bottom 25% of Digital Interface Designers earned $53,500 in 2019. Those who started out as an entry-level Digital Interface Designer in 2019 made $43,900 on average.
These numbers may vary based on geography and labor market.
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*Source: JobsEQ®. Wage data are as of 2019 and represent the average for all Covered Employment
Best-paying states for Digital Interface Designers**
According to the BLS the states and districts that pay Digital Interface Designers the highest average annual salary are Washington ($142,560), Georgia ($87,220), Massachusetts ($82,720), the District of Columbia ($82,640) and California ($81,470).
**Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”). Data as of May 2019
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Digital Interface Designer job outlook***
Digital Interface Designer jobs have continued to rise over the past 5 years, growing about 6% each year.
According to JobsEQ data, the employment of Digital Interface Designers is projected to increase 6.7% from 2020 to 2025. There were 184,172 jobs in the first quarter of 2020 and a projected growth of 12,393 new jobs in the next 5 years. This is an annual growth of 1.3%.
***Source: JobsEQ, Data as of 2020Q1, The shaded areas of the graph represent national recessions.
Digital Interface Designer job skills and knowledge
According to O*NET Resource Center, people in this career often have these skills:
• Operating system software — Android; Linux; Microsoft Windows; Microsoft Windows Server
Source: O*NET Resource Center