What does an UX Researcher do?

UX researchers provide answers to the challenging and often unknown questions about a product’s design by conducting various types of research, working with cross-functional teams, and assisting the entire user experience team to ensure a consumer has an experience with a product that is fun, intuitive, and accessible. UX researchers discover what users want from a product through research, collaboration with cross-functional teams, and performing usability studies. They are at the forefront of enacting change through oral and written presentations of their findings.

UX researchers perform market and ethnographic research and plan and implement user research strategies and methodologies. They present research findings to diverse audiences and mentor and coach junior UX researchers. They help the UX team understand what makes users more intuitive, accessible, and seamless. They ask questions, gather data, and analyze data performing market and ethnographic research and quantitative and qualitative research. UX researchers need a bachelor's degree or master's degree in a human behavior related field or equivalent and demonstrated work experience.

What responsibilities are common for UX Researcher jobs?
  • Ensure team iterates research methods based on testing and data analysis.
  • Continually learn, grow, and improve the craft of UX research.
  • Work cross-functionally, fostering relationships with key partners at all levels across the enterprise.
  • Work with designers, researchers, product managers, and engineering managers to formulate roadmaps.
  • Serve as a mentor to less experienced team members.
  • Initiate and oversee the execution of each research effort.
  • Leverage analytics and other insights to better understand customer needs.
  • Conduct additional secondary research, run user surveys/other quantitative studies.
  • Vet, hire, and manage outside vendors as needed to support the work.
  • Facilitate research sessions and provide mentorship to team members on best practices.
  • Must be able to work with a variety of teams and individuals.
  • Be a strong team player that operates as a peer to product management and design in defining the customer-centric approach to product development.
  • Maintain cultural awareness of the design landscape and future trends.
  • Conduct formative and summative evaluations during key points in development.
  • Perform primary and secondary research to understand users, the goals and pain points.
  • Generate insights that shape how product teams think about medium and long-term product strategy.
  • Understand product roadmaps and be able to translate them into long-term, as well as, short term research plans.
  • Work with business partners to identify participants for user studies.
What are the typical qualifications for UX Researcher jobs?
  • Bachelor's or Graduate's Degree in business, cognitive science, information science or computer science.
  • Experience with usability design, user interviews, UI Design, and interfacing.
  • A collaborator and critical thinker.
  • Comfortable conducting interviews, running contextual inquiries, and examining competitor analysis.
  • Fluent in statistics, computing, and leadership skills.
  • Prior experience as a consultant.
  • Able to hypothesize and adjust as needed.
  • Demonstrated critical thinking skills.
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
4.1 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.9 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

UX Researcher Salaries

Average Base Pay

₹9,00,000 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: ₹9L
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UX Researcher Career Path

Learn how to become an UX Researcher, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Lead UX Researcher
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Years of Experience Distribution

0 - 1
2 - 4
5 - 7
Not including years spent in education and/or training

UX Researcher Insights

Read what UX Researcher professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
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UX Researcher
9 Jul 2022

“good compensation and working embedded in Google is really valuable and I'm learning a ton!”

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User Researcher
20 Apr 2022

“Given autonomy which is great if you have confidence in your abilities and like to make your own way”

Games User Researcher
1 Mar 2021

“Lots of opportunities to learn and tackle projects outside of the expected scope of your job.”

User Experience Researcher
13 Jan 2022

“Pay was pretty good; I worked remotely from a low COL city but was paid SF pay.”

User Experience Researcher
20 Dec 2021

“I had so much fun working at Ipsos! My teammates were super smart and a total blast to work with.”

Duo SecurityDuo Security
Design Researcher
20 Aug 2020

“workers were all genuinely nice and sincere people whom I enjoyed working with.”

User Experience Researcher
27 Oct 2022

“I liked the people I worked with and overall this was a great project.”

Senior User Experience Researcher
4 Jan 2021

“Good compensation package but not the best in the market”

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UX Researcher Interviews

Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of an UX Researcher

When working as an UX Researcher, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are UX Design, Contextual Inquiry, Conducting, User Interface and User Interviews.

The most similar professions to UX Researcher are:
  • UX Designer
  • UI Designer
  • Web Designer
  • Graphic Designer

The most common qualifications to become an UX Researcher is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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