Want a 6-figure salary? Learning UX design could make it happen

Banu Ibrahim, CNN Underscored
Fri September 21, 2018

Story highlights

  • Learn how to create an engaging and user-friendly website with this online course
  • Currently, the course is on sale at the CNN Store for $9.99

As part of an ongoing series, the CNN Underscored team showcases outstanding deals you can shop right now on the CNN Store. Each week, our staff chooses a product to feature that we think you'll love. This week, we're highlighting the UX Design For Beginners course from Total Training ($9.99, originally $49.99; store.cnn.com).

According to Glassdoor, the average user experience designer (more commonly known as a UX designer) makes a base salary of $107,880 a year. Of course, to reach that six-figure salary, designers have to go through pretty rigorous training so that they're fully equipped to get an app or a website up and running and operating in the most user-friendly way.

For a novice, training includes learning the core principles that guide UX design, such as User Centered Design models and management frameworks like Human Centered Design. The goal of these training concepts is to help you understand how people interact with your website and make sure that the overall layout of your site is functional, easy to use, and always puts the user first.

Beginners hoping to switch careers, beef up their résumés or just learn more about what goes into making a truly great website can take a pretty short, informative and affordable course to get their UX education started. The UX Design For Beginners course from Total Training ($9.99, originally $49.99; store.cnn.com) features five hours of content that span six chapters of UX Design to give you a holistic view. With the course, you'll find out what it takes to become a UX designer, follow case studies to understand and solve common UX problems, and gain the skills and know-how to create a better experience for websites and apps.

With the online course, you'll also get lifetime access, so if you forget a thing or two along the way, you can always use it as a reference.

But the real highlight to us is the price. Currently, the course rings in at a paltry $9.99, which is 80% off its original price tag of $49.99.

While the online course won't make you a full-fledged UX designer right away, it's a great stepping stone to learn more about the field. And who knows -- after taking this short course, you may be on your way to a brand new career.

Note: The price above reflects the retailer's listed price at the time of publication.