UX Researcher Career Ladders: A Data-Driven Approach to Charting Your Course

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UX Researcher job descriptions are a transient but valuable data source on what the industry wants from its professionals. We propose to build upon and extend prior research examining job descriptions by systematically collecting and archiving a large sample across levels of seniority over at least six months. We aim to gain a data-driven understanding of the different expectations and requirements across a typical career progression and trace how those criteria have changed over the past several years. Our analysis will form the basis of tools for individuals and organizations, including a data-driven UXR career ladder, template job descriptions, benchmarked qualification requirements, and takeaways for writing job descriptions.