Career Paths in Human-Computer Interaction

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Career Paths in Human-Computer Interaction

Our graduates are leading the way in HCI research, industry, and more!

As technology becomes increasingly integral to our daily lives, there is a growing need for skilled information technology professionals who can create easy-to-use, meaningful technologies for diverse populations. Our graduates are qualified to meet a range of industry and government workforce needs, including user experience designers, user interface developers, technical project managers, and technology evaluators.

Industry, government, and nonprofits all need employees who understand HCI and who have skills in areas including user needs assessment, evaluation of new technologies, and participatory design. These skills are not only applicable to industry; many doctoral programs are looking for master’s students who have a firm grounding in research methods, technology development, and more.

Careers in HCI include:

User Experience Designer        Interaction Designer        User Researcher

User Experience Researcher        Information Architect        Visual Designer

User Interface Designer        Usability Analyst        Product Designer


Below are sites at which our students have interned or gone on to find full-time employment:

Other HCIM alumni chose to pursue doctoral research at the University of Maryland, as well as at prestigious universities like Carnegie Mellon University, Princeton University, and Georgia Institute of Technology.

HCIM Hiring Report - 2019 Graduates

Company/Organization Position Location
CATT LAB UX Designer  College Park, MD 
CBRE UX Researcher Dallas, Texas
Click Therapies  Junior Product Designer New York, New York 
Clumio  Product Designer  San Francisco Bay Area
Dovel Technologies UX Designer & Researcher  McLean, VA
Drexel University  PhD Candidate in HCI/Informatics  Philadelphia, PA 
Finra  UX/UI Designer  Rockville, MD 
ForumOne  UX Designer Washington DC Metro Area
Google UX Program Manager Mountain View, CA 
Google UX Researcher Mountain View, CA 
Harvard Business Publishing UX Consultant Boston, MA 
Intuit  Product Designer   Mountain View, CA 
Marriott  Product Designer   Bethesda, MD 
Medstar Health Clinical Human Factors Specialist Washington DC Metro Area
Nielsen  UX Designer  Remote 
Quorum Accounts Receivable/Payable Analyst  Washington DC Metro Area
Spreetail UX Engineer Lincoln, Nebraska
Stardog  UX Engineer Washington DC Metro Area
Unicom (Telecom) Unknown UX Role China
University of Maryland  CS PhD Candidate College Park, MD 
University of Maryland  Assistant Director of Web Applications  College Park, MD 
Walmart Design Researcher Remote 

*Data for 24 HCIM students who graduated in May 2019; verified March 2020.
**Two additional HCIM graduates report that they are searching for roles.

HCIM Hiring Report Combined 2017 & 2018