Questions for Patrick. I am graduating this semester with a B.S in Computer Science with focus on Human Computer Interaction. I have applied to some universities to pursue a doctoral program in HCI, However, I like to keep my options open in case that I do not get accepted to grad school, so I am also going to apply to some UX researcher jobs.
I have a strong research background, I have been conducting research on HCI in three different universities for over three years, but so far, I have been focusing more on the technical part (which is developing the idea and creating prototypes) than actually studying how the human will interact with the final product. However, the project that I am currently working on, I am fully conducting usability studies, doing interviews, focus groups, evaluating interfaces and prototyping. And I have taken some UX courses online.
MY QUESTION IS the following; most of the UX jobs that I have found required a master or a Ph. D degree. Do you think that with my research experience, I could find a UX researcher job, even if I do not have a lot of experience conducting actual UX research? if so, how much money (salary) do you think that I can expect in my first job. I live in New Jersey very close to New York.