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14.  User Exp. Designer

100 best jobs user experience designer
Brooklyn-based freelance user experience designer Louisa Armbrust
  • Median pay: $89,300
  • Top pay: $138,000
  • 10-year job growth: 18%

A user experience designer spends a lot of the day thinking about how a person interacts with digital products, like websites. It might be about rearranging buttons on a webpage, or changing the way someone interacts with an online educational tool.

What's great: These designers are responsible for raising the bar when it comes to experiencing digital products. That skill is increasingly in demand. "User experience has caught on so much, both as something that people enjoy doing and something that is more and more widely recognized as being valuable to a growing number of companies," said user experience designer Louisa Armbrust. --J.E.

Quality of life ratings:
Personal satisfaction: B | Benefit to society: B | Telecommuting: A | Low stress: A

Notes: All pay data from Median pay is for an experienced worker (at least five or seven years in the field). Top pay represents the 90th percentile. Job growth is estimated for 2012-22, and based on people working in broader 'job family' from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. For more details, see How We Picked the Best Jobs.
Sources:, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and CNNMoney research
  @CNNMoney - Last updated May 09 2017 01:24 PM ET

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