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Salary Info Job
maintains a list of salary surveys by date conducted
(AIFIA) 2003 Salary Survey - 186 information architects
Survey of IIT (Illinois Institute of Technology) Alumni - 90
recent graduates, with some historical trends data
Includes European statistics and other useful career-planning guides
Annual salary surveys of technical communicators from 1997
- 2002 from the Society for Technical Communications
Survey of Design Salaries 2001
Mostly graphic design and art direction, but includes content developers
and web designers
Salary Survey 2001
An annual survey of compensation for help developers. Results
for the 2000 survey
are also online
and Benefits for Information Architects
ACIA - Argus Center for Information Architecture, January
A survey of attendees at the World Tour events, 2000-2001
2000 Member and Salary Survey
The survey was conducted from Nov. 9, 2000 to Dec. 15, 2000.
A total of 573 UPA members responded to the survey; 540 respondents provided
A compilation from October 2000
Salary Survey Results
Published at CHI '98
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Salary Survey
A detailed demographics and salary survey of the Human Factors
and Engineering Society membership. $35 for non-members of HFES
Artists Guild Pricing and Ethical Guidelines
This book, available for sale as an e-book, includes sample contracts
and other information as well as pricing guidelines.
Salary Data Services
Search for salary ranges by job title and location, using detailed
categories and sub-categories. Usability classifications are scattered,
but you can get a good idea of salary ranges for an area. Try "Internet
and New Media" as the job category
ERI sells high end salary survey, compensation and cost of living
database software. Their website also provides links to information including
free access to many worldwide salary survey sources.
Free Salary Information
SalaryExpert offers free salary data and compensation information for
individuals, human resource professionals, and consultants.
These salary info sites do not specifically address usability,
interface design, technical communication or information architecture.
They are included here as useful comparative information about IT salaries
Salary information from a placement company. Includes a variety
of different contractual and employment options to search on.
STC Jobs Bank
National database of technical communications jobs, including
some in design, web, and usability. Access to job listings for members
Fees required to list a job, but available to all to read.
Sign up for this email list or browse the archives for job notices in
interface design and usability
Fees required to list a job
There is no current general certification in HCI or usability, but these
links might be helpful to anyone interested in the issue.
Board of Certification in Professional
The BCPE certifies practitioners of ergonomics,
not ergonomics researchers or ergonomics theoreticians. Associated
International Board of Standards
for Training, Performance, and Instruction
The board develops competency standards for professions including instructional
designers, trainers, training managers.
Standards of Professional Practice
A code of ethics and practice
The AIGA Experience Design Education and Modeling Working Group is studying
"criteria for an appropriate education in interaction design"
- National Association of Schools of Arts and Design
An accreditation group
for Information Brokers by Deborah C. Sawyer
An article on certification efforts in a related field from the ASIS Bulletin
from the UP Certification Project
In 2002, the UPA and other organizations ran a project to investigate
certification for usability professionals. The work of that group, including
a 900+ response survey on attitudes about certification are available.
to a Body of Knowledge: To Certify or Not to Certify
by Whitney Quesenbery in
Usability Interface, August 2002.
A summary of the UP Certification Project
Resumes and Other Articles
Do You Determine Your Rate? - Dana Chisnell, Idea Market
Training and Development:
Guidelines for an Effective Resume and Portfolio by Tessa Johnson
in Usability Interface,
Judy Blostein Earns a Masters by
Judy Blostein in Usability
Interface, October 2002
You Need to Know About Using Electronic Resumes to Tap into Today's Hot
Job Market Reviewed by Jeff Staples in Usability
Interface January 2003. eResumes provides something for all e-resume
developers. If you donít have an electronic resume, you should be able
to find out all you need to know to create one.