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As a UI (User Interface) developer, you understand coding languages and are able to balance your technical skills with your knowledge of design and layouts. You know how to use your coding knowledge to create user interfaces that are welcoming and easy to navigate.

Your programming skill, combined with your creativity and design-oriented mind allow you to transform computer code into language and graphics that are easily read and absorbed.

what UI developer jobs entail

You work full-time in an office setting. Generally, you report to a leader in the IT department such as an IT manager or project manager. As a UI developer, you ensure end users are able to easily engage with the systems, products, and interfaces you work on. You have an inherent understanding of design, as well as a coding background to bring your designs and wireframes to life.

average UI developer salaries

The average starting salary for UI developer jobs is around $65,000 and climbs with your years of experience. You bring both technical knowledge and design expertise to your company, making you an invaluable part of any development team. With 5+ years of experience, an average UI developer can expect to see their salary rise into the high 5-figures.

UI developer salaries are consistent across Canada, with plenty of opportunities to be found across Canada at start-ups and multi-nationals alike.

your day to day tasks

As a UI Developer, you understand and are able to write front-end code using HTML, CSS, Java, PHP, Javascript, and other key programming languages.

You have a thorough understanding of how people engage with programs and software. You understand human behaviour, which helps you define and create systems that users are comfortable with. In the course of your workday, you may:

  • map out the user journey
  • develop workflows and information architecture
  • code programs, apps or web pages
  • analyze the functionality of programs, apps or websites
  • set guidelines for user interfaces
  • create design concepts and wireframes
  • provide consultation on user interfaces and workflows
  • collaborate with other developers and designers to build fully-functional designs

where you can work

Although the specifications of your job may change, as a UI developer, you are in demand. With consumers clamoring for technologically advanced but easy-to-use devices and businesses vying to produce user-friendly digital properties that optimize leads, skilled UI developers are critical to satisfying demand.

Your skills as a UI developer will prove invaluable at a wide range of tech and software companies across Canada. Demand and salaries are consistently high across most Canadian markets, reflecting the value you offer employers.

what you bring to the table

UI Developers often have experience with web design and front end development. They are able to transform wireframe designs into well-formatted, user-friendly interfaces. Programming experience, design sensibility, knowledge of industry-standard browsers and experience with design software, such as Photoshop, are all positives. To find success as a UI developer, you must:

  • be highly detail oriented
  • have a strong design sensibility
  • understand coding languages, particularly front end ones such as HTML, CSS, Java, PHP, etc.
  • recognize patterns in user behaviour
  • understand layout and design principles
  • communicate your ideas effectively

training and certifications

Most employers require an undergraduate degree in Computer Science or a related field, but sometimes experience and appropriate certifications are 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. There are also a number of certifications you can obtain to prove your expertise in coding languages that will prove useful.

where your career is headed

Although specifications may change, UI developers continue to be in great demand. A large portion of our time is spent on devices and surfing the web. Both of these things require the expertise of UI developers to function smoothly.

In order to advance your career, it’s important that you keep your skills sharp and stay on top of best practices in both coding and design. Experience, combined with continuous learning, will position you to grow into management roles in IT, such as project manager, information architect, system administrator or usability expert.

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