Job Description: UI DEVELOPEr
Although some specifications may change, UI Developers should continue to be in great demand in the coming years. With people clamoring for savvy but easy-to-use devices such as the iPhone and other touch-screen devices, UI Developer skills will be critical to satisfy customer demands.
UI Developers work in office settings, at a desk or workstation, in a variety of industries. Work time is generally 40 hours per week, but deadline work can require additional hours during the week and on weekends.
This role usually reports to an IT Department supervisor or manager, but in some companies can report to a senior level member of the IT staff.
With solid experience, and in some cases additional education, UI Developers can grow into management roles in various areas of IT, such as a Technical Project Manager. They can also move into parallel careers such as Information Architects, System Administrators, and Usability Experts.
Successful UI Developers never stop learning. This can include keeping on top of changes with coding such as HTML5, CSS3, and responsive design functions. It also means following front-end blogs and updates, and learning how to work directly with development code. Good UI Developers also spend time creating and refining a well-designed process methodology.
Required Skills and Training
Most employers prefer a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science for this position, but the right experience can sometimes be accepted as the equivalent of a degree. Particular certifications such as MSCS are also acceptable.
Experience will vary by job description, but in addition to solid computer and development experience, UI Developers must have a background in functional composition of web pages using HTML / CSS, and turning a wireframe design into a well-formatted, user-friendly web page. Programming experience, the ability to write complex scripts, and work with browsers is also a plus along with knowledge of grids, typography, hierarchy and information flow.
Skills and Certifications:
There are a number of Microsoft and Adobe certifications that can help UI Developers move into higher-level roles and increase their salary. Certifications requirements can vary by employer and job path.
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