What are the cons of working in UX (or UXR specifically?) The industry is pretty hyped right now and I am curious to hear perspectives on what it’s really like!

From my own experience in applied research, I’d expect that 1) selling the importance of research to stakeholders is harder than it seems and is an ongoing battle, and 2) you end up dealing 1:1 with subjects/users negativity that can be a downer if you’re not in the right mindset. Anything else to expect?

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I think the big "Con" of UX is that no matter how well reasoned and well researched the design, you will still have stakeholders who will say, "I don't care what the users say, I don't like the design" or "We love the design, but we don't have the time/manpower to implement it." I estimate that 80% of my designs were never implemented for these reasons.

One thing they don't tell you is that you have to have a thick skin and handle disappointment well to work in UX.


As someone looking to transition to UX research, reading your perspective was very important. I guess you have to learn to manage your own expectations and realize that not everybody sees the value of the research.

To be honest, if the company you are joining / working for cares about its customers/users and is products focused, then the management or execs would know that they need to spend a decent amount of their budget on UX and UXR. In this day and age, products don't live too long if there is no good UX.


Why do you think it's hyped? I feel like they are the bedrock of creative team

There are pitfalls to every job, I don't think UX is somehow better or worse. Just depends what you enjoy and what you are good at

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