Thereâ€™s this pernicious idea out there that thereâ€™s a glut of UX job openings and a shortage of UX people to fill those roles. To pick just one article on the subject, letâ€™s take a look at UXmattersâ€™ “Why Is It So Hard to Find Good UX People“. It has such gems as:
â€œIt is so hard to find good UX people because theyâ€™re scarce!â€ exclaims Tobias. â€œThere just arenâ€™t a lot of people out there who are actually UX people. There are not that many people coming out of the right college programsâ€”for example, CMU, Bentley, or Clemsonâ€”and those few get hired right away.â€
Or about about this:
â€œThe first problem that Iâ€™ve observed is with the supply to demand ratio: there is so much UX work out there that those with UX experience get snapped up very quickly,â€ replies Cory. â€œBecause of the supply and demand issue, Iâ€™ve seen employers who end up lowering their required number of years of experience. Itâ€™s simply too hard to find UX professionals who are super experienced. However, employers do not always recalibrate their expectations to match a UX personâ€™s years of experience.”
I fully agree that there is frequently a mismatch between what employers are looking for (or think they want) and what they can realistically get, but thatâ€™s not exactly a UX-specific problem. What gets me is this idea of a â€œsupply and demand issue.â€ Iâ€™d love to see some numbers on this, because from where Iâ€™m sitting, there isnâ€™t any such thing.
Instead, I see an environment where UX people looking for full time work have to scour the landscape, looking for those openings. I see recruiters and hiring managers so swamped with applicants that they donâ€™t even have time to reject the ones that they interview. And if youâ€™re going to treat people in the community with such disrespect, itâ€™s clear that youâ€™re not really concerned about your ability to find more UX people. I see that searching for job openings in a single area produces just a couple of jobs at any given time, and the chances of one of those jobs being full time is slim.
Maybe this is a Michigan thing, and in other places there really is a shortage of UX people. I guess if thatâ€™s the case, I would encourage some of these companies that are hurting for UX people to come check out Michigan.