I started my career as a classic UI designer. I quickly transitioned to UX unknowingly out of necessity. When you have to design and build an application, you either figure stuff out or fail. Over time I became a strong interaction designer, and finally, I found my home squarely in the UX researcher role. Many of my UX colleagues followed a similar path, minus that last step. In this post, I'll explain why I've decided to specialize in UX research. The reality is probably not what you would guess.