Pathway to Success: Usability Specialist/Engineer

UMSI Courses

Fulfill all MSI requirements. Recommended course options include:

U-M Cognates

Take six credits outside of UMSI from U-M's wealth of offerings, such as:

  • Indust. & Ops. Engin. 436: Human Factors in Computer Systems
  • Indust. & Ops. Engin. 465: Design & Analysis of Experiments
  • Indust. & Ops. Engin. 474: Simulation
  • Psychology 541: Advanced Topics in Cognition and Perception
  • Psychology 689: Culture and Cognition

Field Internships & Experience

Sites where UMSI students have recently completed relevant internships include:

  • Apple Computer, Cupertino, CA
  • Comcast, Detroit, MI
  • ForeSee Results, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Google, Mountain View, CA
  • IBM, Rochester, MN
  • IDEO, Palo Alto, CA
  • Microsoft, Redmond, WA
  • Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, WA
  • Micro Usability, Singapore
  • ProQuest, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Travelocity, Southlake, TX
  • University of Michigan Digital Media Commons, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Washtenaw County, Michigan
  • Yahoo!, Sunnyvale, CA

Career Success

Recent grads have accepted positions in this area that include:

  • Assistant Director, Usability and Accessibility Center, Michigan State University
  • Design Researcher, Yahoo!
  • Experience Planner, Bridge Worldwide
  • Human Factors/ Usability Engineer, PeopleSoft
  • Software Designer, Mobiata
  • Senior Research Engineer, LG Electronics
  • Technical Integration Specialist, Sysmex America Inc
  • Usability Auditor, ForeSee Results
  • Usability Consultant, User Centric
  • Usability Contributor, Travelocity
  • Usability Engineer, Compuware
  • Usability Engineer, Thomson Gale
  • Usability Engineer, Microsoft
  • Usability Specialist, University of Michigan Digital Media Commons
  • User Experience Engineer, VMware
  • User Experience Engineer, Microsoft Corporation
  • User Experience Specialist, Gale | Cengage Learning
  • User Experience Specialist, Boeing 

The Pathways highlighted in this section are suggested routes to desired career goals.  Other routes through the MSI curriculum are also possible.  We'll advise you on your selection of courses, internships, and activities to support your career goals.