The Human-Centered Design and Development major (HCDD) is structured to provide students with the fundamental concepts and state-of-the-art skills in developing applications of technology for people, with a focus on learning outcomes needed to: a) identify opportunities to support human activity with technology; b) design and create useful and usable technology-mediated activities; and c) evaluate and iterate designed technologies in their context of use.
Students graduating with a degree in HCDD will be positioned for successful careers in industry, government, and education, helping to ensure that our world of increasingly complex and pervasive technologies remains aligned with human aspirations, requirements, and limitations. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for application software developers was $103,620 as of May 2018. In addition, employment of application developers is projected to grow 26 percent through 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. In addition, the projection for web application developers is expected to grow by 13% through 2028.