For the summer I rented a place in San Francisco.
It's across the street from Uber HQ, Square HQ, and Twitter HQ. Literally I can see tech nerds lunching on the Twitter rooftop from where I wake up in the morning:
With the help of my spy surveillance equipment, I was actually able to zoom in and hear some real arguments between a UX Designer and a Copywriter:
The point is in this epicenter of tech, I've started to hear murmurs of a new position that combines those jobs:
The "UX Writer" is a position that's catching on lately. You can see it in this trend chart:
I've started to see postings hiring UX Writers from tons of big companies like Amazon, Uber, Google, ZenDesk, Wix, DropBox and PayPal (~$70,000/yr).
So this new-ish position is starting to become a real thing. The rise of the UX Writer makes a lot of sense:
UX Designers and Copywriters often work hand-in-hand, and sometimes it doesn't make sense to hire TWO PEOPLE for a job that could theoretically be done by a single person.
Here's an example of how the process used to work:
The UX Designer would create a blank mockup of a page:
Then the copywriter goes and writes all the content:
Now just imagine for a moment you are a copywriter that also knows some basic UX design.....you could theoretically do this whole process yourself!
User Experience Designer
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I was curious what kind of salaries we could dig up for this position, but the "UX Writer" is such a new position, that I can't find any final evidence. We know copywriter salaries pretty well, but as far as I can tell, UX Writer salaries are comparable to UX Designer Salaries:
It's kind of neat to see as the market gets more efficient some of these jobs start to get combined together.
It's further evidence that if you are a copywriter, it's SUPER IMPORTANT you learn new technical skills that make you a Triple Threat!
Neville Medhora - Keeping an eye on those Twitter nerds 😐