Insights from Product Designer Job Listings

LinkedIn created a list of the most promising jobs in the U.S. for 2019. Using data from its platform, the professional networking platform looked at job openings and yearly salaries to see which positions provide the best hiring growth and pay. They also considered a robust likelihood for promotion as a ranking factor by looking at the percentage of employees working at the end of 2016 who then started a new position at the same company in 2017. Then, on a scale of 1 – 10, with 10 being the highest, LinkedIn gave each role a career advancement score. In this blog, we take a look at all the insights from Product Designer Job Listings across the globe.

The product designer job has been listed in this report and it’s very interesting as it’s a relatively new job role that mostly combines some of the traditional job roles such as experience designer, UI, and UX designer. In this post, we used JobsPikr to download job listings with “Product Designer” in the job title from the USA and analyzed the data to find out interesting insights.

Read on to explore in greater details.

The data set

This data set has more than 1700 job listings for the US region extracted in between March and August. Here are the data fields available in this data set:

crawl_timestampurljob_titlecategorycompany_namecitystatecountryinferred_cityinferred_stateinferred_country
inferred_countrypost_datejob_descriptionjob_typesalary_offeredjob_boardgeocontact numbercontact emailcursoruniq_id

Job growth over time

This chart explores the number of job postings from March to June. We can see that there is constant growth in the number of openings since May.

Top cities for product designers

So, which cities have the most number of openings for product designers?
As we can see, San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Seattle, and Dearborn are the top cities with product designer jobs. Now you know where to move for your next opportunity.

Top industries with product designer jobs

We can clearly see that the major industries employing product designers are ‘entertainment’, ‘arts’, ‘publishing’, and ‘computers/internet’. This is understandable as there is significant growth in these industries and the products are inherently design-intensive throughout the lifecycle.

Top skills required for product designer job

Let’s now explore the key skills that companies are looking for in product designers. The following chart has been created by looking at the frequently occurring words in the job description field of the job listings. Of course, we have removed stop words such as ‘product’ and ‘design’.

Given below are the five most important skills:

Research

Once the product vision is defined, product research (which naturally includes user and market research) provides the next steps for a great design. To maximize your chances of success, product designers are supposed to conduct insightful research before making any product decisions. Remember that the time spent researching is never time wasted. Good research informs the product, and the fact that it comes early in the design process will save a lot of resources (time and money) down the road (because fewer adjustments will need to be made).

This is crucial as data-backed decisions are important in any design process. That’s the reason we also see ‘data’  as a frequently used term in the job description.

UX

Fundamentally, UX design focuses on user satisfaction and ensuring that the product actually fulfills the user’s needs. UX designers design with user interaction as their main focus, ensuring they’re continually improving the usability and accessibility of the product.

A UX designer will take control of the full scope of the design thinking process, from the research to the ideation, and remain people-driven at all times.

Development

During Design Development, design issues should be resolved to fix and describe the scope of the entire product. This includes coordination with the product engineering team and working on the feedback.

Interaction design

Interaction design is an important component within the giant umbrella of user experience (UX) design. It is the design of the interaction between users and products. The goal of interaction design is to create products that enable the user to achieve their objective(s) in the best way possible.

Mobile

The screen real estate is limited in mobile when compared with desktops or laptops. Hence, there are many things to consider when designing for mobile and while many are standard UX considerations; there are going to be mobile-specific design considerations.

Designers make important design decisions for mobile and select design philosophies such as responsive design and adaptive design.

Conclusion

We looked at the top skills, important cities for product designers along with major industries and job growth over time. The visualizations show that top cities are San Francisco, New York, and Chicago. Also, the top industries hiring product designers are media, entertainment, computer, and the internet. The most important skills for this job role are research, UX, development, interaction design, and mobile strategy.

It’s time for you to download the job listings from JobsPikr based on your criteria and perform analyses on the insights from all the product designer job listings across the globe.

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