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HEAD OF DESIGN: From Idea Conception To Product Development

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Jinghua runs a design team at Mozilla. Her job entails looking at the user interface of Mozilla, studying how users interact with the program, and designing user-friendly interfaces. Jinghua has studied engineering as well as business management, which gave her insight into how a product is created and sold. With this in mind, she wanted to learn about the beginning processes in product development as well - about how product ideas are conceived - which has led her to her career today.

Degree: Business Administration, Management and Operations - Engineering - User Centered Design - Product Design
Job Title: Head of Design
Employer: Mozilla

Job Summary: Software Developers

Job Description

Software developers are the creative minds behind computer programs. Some develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer or other device. Others develop the underlying systems that run the devices or control networks. Many software developers work for computer systems design and related services firms or software publishers. Others work in computer and electronic product manufacturing industries.

Software developers typically do the following:
- Analyze users’ needs, then design, test, and develop software to meet those needs
- Recommend software upgrades for customers' existing programs and systems
- Design each piece of the application or system and plan how the pieces will work together
- Create flowcharts and other models that instruct programmers how to write the software’s code
- Ensure that the software continues to function normally through software maintenance and testing
- Document every aspect of the application or system as a reference for future maintenance and upgrades
- Collaborate with other computer specialists to create optimum software

On-the-Job Training

Variable, depending on whether or not you get a degree. It's possible to learn development skills by building applications using a range of free resources on the internet.

Additional Info

Many software developers work for computer systems design and related services firms or software publishers. Some work in computer and electronic product manufacturing industries. Some developers telecommute (work away from the office).

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$60,000 - $145,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
25 to 30 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Long hours, Irregular
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Remote, Indoor, Home
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Patience, Problem solving skills, Creativity, Analytical skills, Technical skills, Mathematical skills

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m='13350'>you</span> <span m='13520'>interact</span> <span m='14170'>with</span> <span m='14480'>a</span> <span m='14560'>product</span> <span m='15210'>as</span> <span m='15380'>a</span> <span m='15430'>human</span> <span m='15750'>being,</span> <span m='16170'>right?</span> <span m='16420'>So</span> <span m='17030'>what</span> <span m='17510'>if</span> <span m='17640'>you</span> <span m='18080'>like</span> <span m='18290'>the</span> <span m='18530'>sound,</span> <span m='18790'>what</span> <span m='18870'>if</span> <span m='19340'>you</span> <span m='19500'>like</span> <span m='19720'>the</span> <span m='19840'>case</span> <span m='20130'>design,</span> <span m='20740'>what</span> <span m='21030'>if</span> <span m='21080'>you</span> <span m='21530'>like</span> <span m='21740'>the</span> <span m='22280'>vibration</span> <span m='22595'>of</span> <span m='22910'>the</span> <span m='23000'>phone,</span> <span m='23440'>stuff</span> <span m='23660'>like</span> <span m='23810'>that.</span> <span m='24140'>So</span> <span m='24580'>I</span> <span m='24670'>have</span> <span m='24790'>been</span> <span m='24940'>working</span> <span m='25290'>in</span> <span m='25370'>the</span> <span m='25420'>product</span> <span m='25770'>design</span> <span m='26270'>area</span> <span m='26620'>for</span> <span m='27700'>almost</span> <span m='27940'>seven</span> <span m='28230'>years.</span> <span m='28630'>It's</span> <span m='28790'>actually</span> <span m='28950'>really</span> <span m='30282'>nice.</span> </p><p><span m='31550'>I</span> <span m='32080'>actually</span> <span m='32840'>have a</span> <span m='33040'>different</span> <span m='33540'>background</span> <span m='34250'>in</span> <span m='34780'>school.</span> <span m='35160'>So</span> <span m='35290'>I</span> <span m='35390'>studied</span> <span m='35780'>engineering</span> <span m='36190'>first</span> <span m='37180'>and</span> <span m='37780'>I</span> <span m='37990'>studied</span> <span m='38150'>business</span> <span m='38470'>management.</span> <span m='39320'>And</span> <span m='39745'>I'm saying,</span> <span m='40170'>huh,</span> <span m='40410'>now</span> <span m='40560'>I</span> <span m='40660'>understand</span> <span m='41150'>how</span> <span m='41350'>people</span> <span m='41730'>make</span> <span m='42040'>things</span> <span m='42540'>and</span> <span m='42660'>how</span> <span m='42870'>we</span> <span m='43060'>sell</span> <span m='43420'>things.</span> <span m='44010'>But</span> <span m='44520'>where</span> <span m='44690'>exactly</span> <span m='44880'>does</span> <span m='45140'>this</span> <span m='45530'>product</span> <span m='45840'>idea</span> <span m='46300'>come</span> <span m='46540'>from?</span> <span m='47060'>So</span> <span m='47210'>this</span> <span m='47440'>is</span> <span m='47620'>one</span> <span m='47890'>of</span> <span m='47950'>the</span> <span m='48050'>main</span> <span m='48280'>reason</span> <span m='48590'>that</span> <span m='48790'>I</span> <span m='49170'>actually</span> <span m='49280'>switched</span> <span m='49870'>to</span> <span m='49980'>product</span> <span m='50570'>design</span> <span m='51590'>major</span> <span m='51960'>in</span> <span m='52330'>school.</span> </p><p><span m='52920'>Which,</span> <span m='53580'>I</span> <span m='53700'>learned</span> <span m='54250'>how</span> <span m='54440'>to</span> <span m='54580'>think</span> <span m='54930'>from</span> <span m='55180'>user's</span> <span m='55640'>shoes,</span> <span m='55850'>really.</span> <span m='56160'>As</span> <span m='56410'>me,</span> <span m='56630'>as</span> <span m='56800'>a</span> <span m='56820'>human</span> <span m='57160'>being,</span> <span m='57680'>when</span> <span m='58000'>I</span> <span m='58150'>walk,</span> <span m='58770'>for</span> <span m='58830'>example,</span> <span m='59380'>on</span> <span m='59480'>the</span> <span m='59580'>street,</span> <span m='59820'>what</span> <span m='59970'>kind</span> 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m='93080'>know</span> <span m='93250'>when</span> <span m='93470'>I</span> <span m='93620'>get</span> <span m='93880'>into</span> <span m='94290'>some</span> <span m='94560'>sort</span> <span m='94780'>of</span> <span m='95380'>different</span> <span m='95710'>programs</span> <span m='96200'>that</span> <span m='96420'>actually</span> <span m='96710'>how</span> <span m='97010'>exciting</span> <span m='97520'>it</span> <span m='97610'>is.</span> <span m='98280'>And</span> <span m='98550'>I</span> <span m='98590'>never</span> <span m='98940'>knew</span> <span m='99280'>that</span> <span m='100070'>different</span> <span m='100720'>domains</span> <span m='101850'>when</span> <span m='102040'>you</span> <span m='102160'>connect</span> <span m='102600'>them</span> <span m='102860'>is</span> <span m='103070'>actually</span> <span m='103500'>even</span> <span m='103620'>more</span> <span m='103850'>interesting.</span> <span m='104630'>So</span> <span m='104920'>all</span> <span m='105170'>these</span> <span m='105320'>majors</span> <span m='105750'>that I</span> <span m='105870'>studied,</span> <span m='106380'>engineering,</span> <span m='107060'>business,</span> <span m='107880'>design,</span> <span m='108420'>and</span> <span m='108710'>understand</span> <span m='109260'>the</span> <span m='109350'>user's</span> <span m='109800'>ecology,</span> <span m='110690'>that</span> <span m='110890'>actually</span> <span m='111320'>helped</span> <span m='111600'>me</span> <span m='111710'>really</span> <span m='112210'>understand</span> <span m='113000'>how</span> <span m='113190'>to</span> <span m='113330'>put</span> <span m='113520'>a</span> <span m='113570'>big</span> <span m='113810'>picture</span> <span m='114320'>together</span> <span m='114990'>that</span> <span m='115160'>is</span> <span m='115380'>really</span> <span m='115690'>interesting</span> <span m='116170'>for</span> <span m='116380'>my</span> <span m='116580'>professional</span> <span 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