The In-Demand Characteristics of a User Experience Researcher

We analyzed 101 “user experience researcher” job postings to understand what characteristics were in demand. This information provides a foundation for students and aspiring professionals to develop new skills and provides experienced practitioners the data they need to assess their current skills. Through our analysis we highlighted three main areas discovered in all 101 listings: required and desired research methods, educational requirements and expected responsibilities. The findings also led us to inquire about the ongoing growth of the profession, from its roots in usability to what we believe has become a more holistic research position that spans entire projects and product life cycles.