How to become UX researcher

New zkaowm
Jul 3 5 Comments

BA in Language Education
MA in Counselor Education
3 years gap with two kids.
Now I wonder how I can start a career as a UX researcher.
What skills do I need?
What classes can I take?
Any useful advice is appreciated!

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    Pined

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    Pinedmore
    The path is the same as other tech careers. If you didn’t get an HCI degree then go get a certificate. Get one that lasts a year so that you do some real work and create a portfolio.

    Or go get a PhD in HCI or HCDE if you are really serious.
    Jul 5 1
    • New zkaowm
      OP
      Thanks. That’s helpful comment. Any HCI degree or certificate in Redmond area?
      Jul 5
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    Punani

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    Why do you want to be a UX researcher
    Jul 4 2
    • New zkaowm
      OP
      I think it has an overlap with my background, which is Counselor Education, in other words Psychology. But, I don’t have much information about it, but hope to like it. I need to set a goal and want to find a job after having kids.
      Jul 4
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      Punani

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      Mmm... that is not a valid reason to be a UX researcher. I don't think this answer would impress anyone in an interview.

      Just because the background has similarity with the job, it doesn't mean it's a good fit. It's like saying someone who studied mechanics and since it's related to engineering, then the person can be a rocket engineer.

      Rather think about what motivates you to pursue the UX research direction?

      During my university time, I was a user researcher. There are quantitative data and qualitative data. It depends on the person's expertise. Quantitative requires a lot of stats to find significance. Qualitative requires social science, ethnography and psychology to understand the fundamental issues. That is only for analysing data.

      The hard part is actually how to collect valid data. Need to think of methodologies. Subjects background. The environment when the data is collected. A lot of tiny little details that have to be right.

      Perhaps you need to start with doing more reading to understand the responsibilities of UX researchers.
      Jul 4