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 as of 2013, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

Quick Facts
Duties Design and create new products and new versions of existing products; use CAD software and physical materials to design and create prototypes; analyze product costs and success in the market; identify improvements and modifications
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Any geographic location
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Art
  • Computer Science
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Internship
  • Computer
  • Drawing/Design
  • Math
Personality Traits
  • Creative
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification None
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Industrial Design Firm, Owner
  • Chief Designer
  • Project Manager
  • Industrial Designer
  • Junior Industrial Designer