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What Job Can You Get with an M.S. in Human Computer Interaction?

An M.S. in Human Computer Interaction from UCSC provides students with tangible skills and a portfolio necessary to pursue a career in human computer interaction, user experience (UX) design, user interface (UI) design, and more.

HCI Career Prospects
  • Front-End Designer/Developer
    Through UCSC's HCI program you will gain the foundational user experience and human-computer interaction knowledge and skills to connect the dots between the graphical design and technical implementation to create the most user-friendly, intuitive web experience possible. The average salary for a front-end designer/developer is around $77,000 (Glassdoor).
  • Human Factors Engineer
    Human Factors Engineers operate at the intersection of humans and technology to consider how systems work in practice. They design objects, facilities, and environments using data and design to consider the principles and theories around human experience and ergonomics. The average annual salary is $82,670 (PayScale).
  • Interaction Designer
    Interaction designers consider multiple factors and features in designing products (including wireframes and prototypes) to help users achieve the best possible outcome. This may include motion, sound, time, user behavior, physical environment, as well as the overall look and feel. The average annual salary for an interaction designer is $76,114 (Glassdoor).
  • Product Manager & Designer
    UCSC's HCI curriculum prepares students for product designer or product manager roles. Project designers use design and technology to evaluate and improve existing products. The starting salary for a product manager or designer is $106,766 (Glassdoor).
  • User Experience Researcher/Designer
    A user experience researcher or user experience designer is skilled in analyzing and identifying identities and behaviors of end users to design more effective products. The average annual experience researcher salary is $85,277 (Glassdoor). 
Job Growth for HCI Field

Job growth projections for human computer interaction, user experience, and information technology are very positive. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects significant job growth in these areas. Further, as technology becomes increasingly integral to the economy and our daily lives, there are opportunities in increasingly diverse industries, such as finance, healthcare, manufacturing, and government institutions.