Future Students


Graduates from the University of Washington's department of Human Centered Design & Engineering find careers as designers and researchers who improve people's interactions with technology and the world around them.

The department connects with corporations and businesses through a Corporate Affiliates Program to connect industry partners with HCDE students and faculty. Ongoing career events include workshops, panels, industry site visits, and an annual Career Fair.

HCDE Alumni Directory

Careers for Human Centered Design & Engineering Graduates

In Winter 2018, the department of Human Centered Design & Engineering surveyed alumni across our degree programs who graduated in the years 2016 and 2017. The information below reflects the 65 responses we received to our survey.

Length of time until employment

43% found employment before graduating from HCDE; another 14% within 2 months of graduating, 21% within six months; 12% within 9 months.

Job titles

The most common job titles of our graduates in the survey were:

  • 18% User Experience (UX) Designer
  • 17% User Experience (UX) Researcher or User Researcher 
  • 7% Software Engineer

Other common job titles of our graduates include:

  • Content Strategist
  • Design Researcher
  • Experience Strategist
  • Instructional Designer
  • Interaction Designer
  • Product Manager
  • Program Manager
  • UI Designer
  • UX Architect
  • Web UX Designer


31% of respondents identified as working in the technology industry, employed at companies such as Microsoft, Google, Facebook. Find a longer list of companies that have employed HCDE graduates here »

Other common industries included:

  • Consulting
  • Design 
  • Digital Marketing
  • E-Commerce
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • IT
  • Software


25% of our survey respondents reported making between $100,000 and $120,000. 18% were making between $80,000 and $100,000; 14% more than $120,000 annually; 11% between $70,000 and $80,000. 10% reported making less than $70,000, and 20% did not report salary.

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