Commercial and Industrial Designers

General Information

Description

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.

Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit71.42%
  2. Self-employed26.62%
  3. Private, not for profit1.61%
  4. State and local government0.35%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Job Outlook

Employment of industrial designers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations. About 3,100 openings for industrial designers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$71,640

State-by-state Salary

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$88,270
$42,150
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 67%
  • Some college 15%
  • Associate's degree 12%
  • High school 4%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

Knowledge

  • Design
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Production and Processing
  • Mechanical

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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