Toy Industry Workers

Toy industry workers create, design, manufacture, and market toys and games for adults and children. Their jobs are similar to those of their counterparts in other industries. Some operate large machines, while others assemble toys by hand. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than half of all employees in the toy industry work in production. Most toy companies are located in or near large metropolitan areas.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Computer Engineers, Doll Wigs Hacklers, Game Designers, Hair Finishers, Hand Finishers, Marketing Researchers, Model Makers, Mold Fillers, Plastics Engineers, Rooter Operators, Software Programmers, Technical Development Engineers, Technicians, Toy Assemblers, Toy Designers, Toy Inspectors
Duties Create, design, manufacture, and market toys and games
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in California, Texas, Washington, Florida, Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Michigan, and New Jersey
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • English
  • Family and Consumer Science
  • Technical/Shop
Experience On-the-job training; several years' experience for high-level positions
Personality Traits
  • Creative
  • Hands On
  • Technical
  • Drawing/Design
  • Interpersonal
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Excecutive
  • Department Manager
  • Production Supervisor
  • Toy Industry Production Worker

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