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Employment of industrial designers is expected to grow slower than average through 2022, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). This outlook is based on the growing need for specialized knowledge of two- and three-dimensional computer-aided design, sustainable design, and other trends, as well as slowing demand due to more efficient processes. Still, designers will be needed to improve product quality and safety, to design new products for the global marketplace, and to design high-technology products in consumer electronics, medicine, and transportation. The DOL predicts that designers who combine business expertise with an educational background in engineering and computer-aided design will have the best employment prospects. Women are becoming more prevalent as industrial designers, though they still make up a fairly small segment of the total number of people working in this area.
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