This week U.S. News & World Report magazine included usability / user experience specialist on their list of 31 top careers in the United States. They do a reasonable job of explaining the position and putting it in context with a day-in-the-life feature, and they also include professional organizations and important books.
Although the article made good use of its concise column space, I think it would have been more interesting to interview actual practitioners. Without any quotes from real people the content feels artificial. Still, it's nice to get some mainstream recognition.