US Department of Labor Occupational Outlook on Design

1 Dec 2003 - 11:10am
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Challis Hodge
2003

http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos090.htm

Where are we in this list?

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1 Dec 2003 - 11:44am
Beth Mazur
2003

> http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos090.htm
>
> Where are we in this list?

I'd say we're with the IAs, usability specialists, and so
on in being under the Department of Labor's radar.

Beth Mazur
IDblog: http://idblog.org

1 Dec 2003 - 12:53pm
Dave Malouf
2005

Beth said:
<<I'd say we're with the IAs, usability specialists, and so on in being
under the Department of Labor's radar. >>

Beth, I actually don't think IA's and Usability experts belong on the page
that Challis linked us to, which is specific to "Designers". Even
Architects are not on this page. What is funny though is that we are talking
about a type of taxonomy, eh?

I do think that two of our orgnaizational goals might be well spent to have
our organization listed at the bottom with IDSA and AIGA. And for our title,
Interaction Designers, be listed with Graphic Designers and Commericial and
Industrial Designers.

Also, in reading the "nature of work" part I was intrigued to notice the
focus on form, but also very happy to see the focus on end-user. Made me
feel a bit at home on that page.

-- dave

1 Dec 2003 - 1:11pm
Todd Warfel
2003

Probably lumped in with "Graphic Designers." Unfortunately, when
viewing many forms for things like surveys, RFPs, etc. Interaction
Design isn't listed, but Graphic Design is. I'd imagine that by
default, either many of us pick that group, or get lumped into that
group.

Take for instance the registration form that follows an OS X
installation. I have the option to select something that equates to
Graphic Designer and another option that equates to
Scientist/Researcher. Well, my focus is user research, information
architecture, interaction design, and usability (I leave the visual
design to someone else). So, which one do I select? There is no User
Experience Architect listed, so I typically either pick one of the
above, or choose "Other."

On Dec 1, 2003, at 11:10 AM, Challis Hodge wrote:

> http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos090.htm
>  
> Where are we in this list?
>  
> -challis

Cheers!

Todd R. Warfel
User Experience Architect
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1 Dec 2003 - 2:38pm
Beth Mazur
2003

David wrote:
> Beth, I actually don't think IA's and Usability experts belong on the page
> that Challis linked us to, which is specific to "Designers".

I agree...I'd gone looking for these other professions in the broader
Occupational Outlook Handbook...they aren't visible there either.

Web designers do exist, though the DOL lumps them in with
"Systems Analysts, Computer Scientists, and Database Administrators."
http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos042.htm

Alas, none of these professions are called out in the DOL's
"Tomorrow's Jobs" page either: http://www.bls.gov/oco/oco2003.htm

Beth Mazur
IDblog: http://idblog.org

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