UX Job Market Analysis (May 2024)

As of May 2024, Product Design job postings rise, Product Management opportunities surge, UX Research steady, Design Ops cools, and tech layoffs decrease.

UX Job Market Analysis (May 2024)

As we move into May 2024, our analysis offers an insightful overview of the UX job market as of April, capturing significant shifts and emerging trends. The landscape reveals varied performances across different UX roles, influenced by broader market dynamics.

Product Design: April saw a robust increase in job postings, continuing the positive momentum from March. This steady uptick suggests growing opportunities and a strong demand for Product Design skills.‍

Product Management: The availability of jobs in this sector remained steady in April but showed no significant growth. Initial data for May suggests a massive rise in job opportunities for Product Managers.

UX Research: Job postings for UX Research were just above average in April. However, initial data for May indicates a similar or below average result.

Design Operations: April recorded lower-than-average job posting volumes for Design Operations, and the outlook for May remains cautious, with a continued downtrend in new postings. This shift may signal a cooling in operational hiring after a period of stability.

Tech Layoffs Impact: The tech sector experienced a massive amount of layoffs in April, including notable reductions such as a 10% workforce cut at Tesla. While May has also seen layoffs, the overall number is relatively low at 2,982, suggesting that April’s layoffs may represent a minor setback rather than a continuing trend.‍

Forward Outlook: Midway though Q2, the UX job market is showing promising signs of positive momentum, led by a surge in Product Design roles. We remain cautiously optimistic about the coming months, anticipating that other disciplines might echo the positive trends seen in Product Design. The general trend of decreasing layoffs is a favorable sign, indicating potential market stabilization and renewed growth opportunities.

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