CAREER

Commercial and Industrial Designers

Overview

Salary Median (2019)

$68,890

Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

-3.5% (decline)

Most Common Level of Education

Bachelor's Degree

Career

What Commercial and Industrial Designers Do

Design and develop manufactured products, such as cars, home appliances, and children's toys. Combine artistic talent with research on product use, marketing, and materials to create the most functional and appealing product design.

Other Job Titles Commercial and Industrial Designers May Have

Design Engineer, Designer, Industrial Designer, Mechanical Designer, Mold Designer, Product Design Engineer, Product Designer, Product Development Engineer, Sign Designer

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Co-Founder & CEO ,

Two Bit Circus

As the CEO, we joke I'm the "chief email opener". I spend a lot of time meeting with people and figuring out who are partners will be.

Founder ,

Urban Outlaw Shop

My day is usually split between running my fashion business and working on one of my cars.


Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Prepare sketches of ideas, detailed drawings, illustrations, artwork, or blueprints, using drafting instruments, paints and brushes, or computer-aided design equipment.
  • Modify and refine designs, using working models, to conform with customer specifications, production limitations, or changes in design trends.
  • Evaluate feasibility of design ideas, based on factors such as appearance, safety, function, serviceability, budget, production costs/methods, and market characteristics.
  • Confer with engineering, marketing, production, or sales departments, or with customers, to establish and evaluate design concepts for manufactured products.
  • Present designs and reports to customers or design committees for approval and discuss need for modification.

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