Doll Designers and Makers

Doll Heads Await Assembly by Doll Designers

Doll designers and makers develop ideas for dolls, design them, and then either create them or create a prototype so a manufacturer can make them. Designers may create dolls as toys, decorations, art, or for collecting. They determine the size of dolls, the materials used to make them, and their purpose whether as a toy, a decoration, or a collector's item. Some designers create ideas for dolls by drawing and sketching designs on paper. Others use design software to plan them digitally. Doll designers may work for toy or doll manufacturers or toy companies or may be self-employed. In addition to designing the doll, they usually design the doll's clothing and accessories as well.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Doll Artists, Toy Designers, Dollmakers
Duties Designing and creating dolls; sculpting, molding, sewing, and manipulating materials to create dolls; designing doll clothing and accessories; marketing and selling dolls; overseeing doll production
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • Art
  • Family and Consumer Science
  • Psychology
Experience Apprenticeship or on-the-job training
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Creative
  • Enterprising
  • Drawing/Design
  • Interpersonal
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Doll Designer, Owner Doll Company
  • Doll Designer and Maker
  • Assistant Doll Maker
  • Apprentice Doll Maker

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