DFW Is a Top Spot for UX Professionals, Per LinkedIn’s 2021 Jobs on the Rise Report

Jobs on the Rise in 2021 analyzes the shifts COVID-19 has caused on employment and hiring trends. In the digital transformation category, LinkedIn named Dallas-Fort Worth as a top region for user experience professionals, a job that grew five times over from 2019 to 2020.

Dallas was named a top region in a new special report from LinkedIn that used exclusive data insights to analyze the “seismic shift” in employment trends that has occurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jobs on the Rise in 2021 is meant to be a resource for better understanding the skills and trends related to fast-growing jobs in the U.S. And, how to hire for them.

The business and employment-oriented social network looked at three key areas that have most experienced a change in talent demand: medical, digital transformation, and remote work. Because of the pandemic, the need for medical professionals has been elevated (as is to be expected). But with the subsequent stay-at-home orders and national social distancing mandate, so has a shift to more remote work.

But, according to LinkedIn, “equally powerful” is the digital transformation of the global economy.

As most of us know, digital platforms are more important than ever—we communicate in front of screens, and the need for digital skills is only continuing to grow. LinkedIn predicts that 150 million more technology-related jobs will be added globally over the next five years. “Demands for talent have changed dramatically, and a clear picture has emerged,” the report notes.

In that category, Dallas-Fort Worth emerged as a top region for user experience professionals, along with the San Francisco Bay Area and Greater Chicago area. LinkedIn said that the total number of UX designer hires in 2020 increased from 2,535 in 2019 to 15,664; five times higher. Of the designers, 57 percent were female.

The top titles held by UX professionals, per LinkedIn, are UX Consultant, UX Design Specialist, UX Researcher, and Product Design Consultant. They’re talented in user-centered design, usability testing, and InVision.

Dallas-Forth Worth has a plethora of area associations, events, organizations, and educational institutions to help designers brainstorm, commiserate, learn, and hone their skills. Perhaps the strongest testament to Dallas-Fort Worth’s UX/UI community is the proliferation of creative groups and institutions that include user experience and user interface designers. 

For instance, we rounded up a number of them here.

Notable is Design With a Big ‘D,’ a three-day conference that shines a light on the Dallas design community. When we reported on it in 2018, four out of 10 Texas-based UX professionals worked in Dallas-Fort Worth.

At the time, EMSI labor market analytics labeled Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington as a hotspot for UX designer talent. Its report estimated that there were more than 27,000 user experience designer positions in the Dallas region—nearly a third more than the average metro of similar size. That number’s only grown since.

On the LinkedIn jobs report in the remote work category, Dallas-Fort Worth also ranked as a top two region for loan and mortgage experts with the Washington, DC–Baltimore area. That’s a job trend that has increased significantly with the pandemic, with 58.6 percent year-over-year growth, per LinkedIn.

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