Toy and Game Designers

Toy Designer Tinkers with Prototype

Toy and game designers, also known as industrial or commercial designers, come up with the concepts for toys and games. They design products keeping in mind such things as usability, function, aesthetics, safety, production costs, and clients' directions. They sketch their ideas by hand on paper and also create renderings with computer software. There were 31,330 commercial and industrial designers, including toy and game designers, employed in the United States in May 2015, according to the Department of Labor. The U.S. Toy, Doll, and Game Manufacturing industry generates $1 billion in revenue, with Hasbro and Mattel continuing to dominate the market.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Commercial Designers, Industrial Designers
Duties Come up with ideas and create the designs for toys and games; work closely with design department, market research department, and toy manufacturers; sketch ideas and use computer-aided design software to create designs
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions with high demand in urban areas, such as New York, Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago, and San Francisco
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Art
  • Business
  • Psychology
Experience Entry-level with on-the-job training (assistants); two to three years experience (designers)
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Creative
  • Problem-Solving
  • Drawing/Design
  • Interpersonal
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Chief Designer
  • Toy and Game Designer
  • Junior Designer
  • Intern

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