Industrial Designers

Industrial Designer at Work

Industrial designers combine technical knowledge of materials, machines, and production with artistic talent to improve the appearance and function of machine-made products. They are sometimes known as commercial designers. There are approximately 31,330 industrial designers employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Commercial Designers
Duties Use CAD and CAID software and physical materials to design and create new products and new versions of existing products
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Any geographic location
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Art
  • Computer Science
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Internship
Personality Traits
  • Creative
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
  • 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
  • Industrial Design Firm Owner
  • Chief Designer
  • Project Manager
  • Industrial Designer
  • Junior Industrial Designer