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12. UI Engineer
UI Engineer
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"I like that it works both parts of my brain," says Catherine Giayvia, a San Francisco-based UI engineer. "I have to be logical and organized… but I also get to be creative and visual."
Median pay: $92,100
Top pay: $141,000
10-year job growth: 27.6%
Total jobs*: 520,800

What they do all day? Ever had to jump through hoops to accomplish a task on a website or app? User interface engineers want to make sure that doesn't happen. These developers translate prototypes and mock-ups into a user-friendly site architecture that's intuitive to use and visually pleasing.

How to get the job? UI engineers should be fluent in technologies like HTML, CSS and JavaScript and have an eye for design and visual aesthetics. Knowledge of multiple programming languages and frameworks is also a plus.

What's great? What's not? It's rewarding to make software and websites that countless users rely on work better. But with the rapid pace of change in the field, it can be challenging to stay current. --G.W.

What they do all day? Ever had to jump through hoops to accomplish a task on a website or app? User interface engineers want to make sure that doesn't happen. These developers translate prototypes and mock-ups into a user-friendly site architecture that's intuitive to use and visually pleasing. --G.W.

Quality of life ratings:
  • Personal satisfaction: C
  • Benefit to society: C
  • Flexibility: A
  • Low stress: A
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*Total jobs is estimated number of people working in broader BLS 'job family.'

Sources: PayScale.com, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and CNNMoney research

Do UI Engineers have great jobs, or what? Are these great jobs, or what?
It's still a tough job market, so when CNNMoney, in partnership with data from PayScale.com, set out to find America's Best Jobs this year, first and foremost we looked for professions that offer great growth opportunities.

Other big factors: pay (how strong it is now, and how fast it's growing), overall job satisfaction, and how many jobs are in the field overall.
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