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Toy and Game Designers

Toy Designer—Career Q&A: Professional Advice and Insight

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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.

Salary Range

$25,000 to $100,000+

Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree




Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
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