Thank you for taking the time to read this post.
I have been looking into UX for about a year or so and now find myself in a situation where I am seriously considering it as a career choice. Just for some background info, I have a B.A. in Business and have been out of school for a couple of years. My most recent role was a project coordinator position where I learned some project management skills but definitely not in the digital world.[I] I have no significant experience with design or digital media[/I]. There is a 6 months intro to UX course that I am considering joining in January which will cover information architecture, user research, interface design, user experience design so I will get a taste of all the different areas. I was also considering starting a side project around this time to expedite the learning process…
[B]But before I part with my hard earned $$$[/B] and run off attempting to become the world’s next best UX designer, I would love to to hear some of your insights and was really hoping you can help me answer these 5 questions which would make things a LOT clearer for me.
I was wondering if this transition is realistic for me and what kind of time frame I would be looking at before I really get going in UX?
I am aware that the salary and job prospects are pretty good for experienced UX designers at the moment… How do you think the market will look in the couple of years? A choice like this is not all about the money, but it definitely is a factor. Do you think the market is catching up to the shortage of good UX designers? Do you see salaries increasing? Decreasing?
Will I eventually need to learn coding skills besides basic HTML/CSS and a bit of jQuery?
Out of the roles within UX which role is easier to transition into first? My main interest lies in design and the creative process that accompanies it but user research also seems interesting. Could you do both? Or would you choose one or the other?
Finally, what kind of roles could one transition into after being a UX designer? I guess I am wondering about what the typical career path would look like. I have heard of UXers becoming good product managers and creative directors to name a few. What are your thoughts?
I really, REALLY appreciate your help. Oh, and I am from Canada just in case location effects any of the answers…