Industrial Designers

Industrial designers combine technical knowledge of materials, machines, and production with artistic talent to improve the appearance and function of machine-made products. There are approximately 28,540 commercial and industrial designers employed in the United States.

Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
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

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