Automotive Designers

Automotive designers, also known as automotive stylists, are specialized industrial designers who combine their technical knowledge of mechanics, production, and materials with artistic talent to improve the style, appearance, and ergonomic and aerodynamic design of automobiles. They work full time at automobile manufacturers, or may work as consultants. Approximately 28,540 industrial designers, including automotive designers, are employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Automotive Stylists
Duties Use their technical knowledge of mechanics, production, and materials and artistic talent to design automobiles and other vehicles
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but the Big Three automakers are headquartered in the Detroit area
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Art
  • Mathematics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Internship, volunteering, and part-time experience
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Creative
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
Skills
  • Computer
  • Drawing/Design
  • Math
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Project Manager or Consulting Firm Owner
  • Automotive Designer
  • Automotive Design Assistant

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