When I take time to analyze what I’d really like to be doing in the future utilizing my MLIS degree, I am drawn to a career in User Experience. That may manifest itself in a variety of ways, but eventually I would like to be involved in research that advocates for user experience principles. I’m still not sure what kind of information agency I would like to be working for in order to be in such a position, but something in the areas of academia or nonprofits would be ideal. Particularly, I would like to be involved in the design of information systems that help the public in some capacity.
In order to be a critical component in UX initiatives, my skills in emerging technologies will be pivotal. I will need to be aware of advances as well as cognizant of how individuals are reacting to those advances. As well, skills in front and back-end development of web-based platforms and applications will be of increasing importance. There are several other important skills needed, but they don’t necessarily involved learned activities. Being able to make decisions based on gathered data is important, but involves understanding demographics of people. Those things may not be classroom-learned skills. My ultimate goal would be to conduct research on the reasons why people use different forms of digital media and what that means to society. That career path may mean more education such as another Master’s degree or even a doctoral program where research is principal.
Depending on how a career in UX manifests itself, my future work environment is questionable. Definitively, I will be working with others to complete specific projects. Most likely it will be mostly men, but hopefully as the field develops, more women will be at the forefront of digital careers. This position will be technologically based, so tools of that nature will be available. Ultimately, UX can take on several different forms, but it’s certain that the field will be increasingly important and growing when I’m delving into its different facets.