UI developer job description
You’re the person who develops the front end of programs and apps to ensure they’re easy and intuitive for users to operate.
In the course of your workday, you may:
- create a user interaction model, workflow, information architecture, prototypes and guidelines for user interfaces
- develop design concepts and userface designs
Although specifications may change, UI Developers should continue to be in great demand. 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.
Experience, combined with continuous learning, will position you to grow into management roles in IT, like Technical Project Manager, Information Architect, System Administrator and Usability Expert. It’s important that you keep your skills sharp by staying on top of changes with coding such as HTML5, CSS3, and responsive design functions. Staying sharp 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.
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 flows.
Most employers require an undergraduate degree in Computer Science, but sometimes enough of the right experience, along with appropriate certifications, is regarded as equal to a degree. There are a number of Microsoft and Adobe certifications that can help you move into higher-level roles and increase your salary. Certifications requirements can vary by employer and job path.
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