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 with the world around them.
The department connects students with organizations and alumni mentors to support students in professional development. Regular career events include workshops, panels, industry site visits, and an annual recruiting night.
Videos: HCDE alumni at work
Principal Design Research Manager, Microsoft
UX Researcher, McGraw-Hill Education
Find job information, as well as LinkedIn and portfolio links for HCDE alumni in the HCDE Alumni Directory.
Survey: Student Career Outcomes
Class of 2021
The UW Career & Internship Center conducts a survey of students just prior to graduation up until seven months following graduation. In 2021, the survey received a 41% response rate across UW graduates.
View HCDE's 2021 Next Destination Survey responses. View preliminary data for the Class of 2022.
Of the 2021 survey respondents, 85% were employed full time. 6% were seeking employment, and 6% were not seeking employment. 3% of graduates were enrolled in a program of continuing education.
2021 survey respondents who indicated they were employed reported that their employment is 100% career-related.
These employers, most of which have a strong presence in Puget Sound, hired the most 2021 HCDE graduates. View a more comprehensive list of organizations that have hired HCDE alumni.
- Capital One
- Expedia Group
- Lucid Software
- Match Group
- Pro Unlimited
- Publicis Sapient
Below are the most common job titles reported by HCDE 2021 graduates.
- UX Designer
- Product Designer
- Product Designer (Internet & Software)
- Product Manager
- Associate Designer, User Experience
- Associate Product Manager
- Consulting Development Analyst
- Data Analyst
- Interaction Designer
- Junior Experience Designer
- Program Manager
- Software Architecture Analyst
- UI/UX Designer
- UX Researcher
- User Experience Associate
- User Experience Researcher
2021 survey respondents were asked how many internships or internship-like activities (practica, fieldwork, etc.), paid or unpaid, they completed during college. 7% reported completing one internship, 32% reported completing two internships, 51% completed three or more internships, and 10% did not complete an internship.