Industrial Designers


Overview

Introduction

Industrial designers combine technical knowledge of materials, machines, and production with artistic talent to improve the appearance and function of machine-made products. They are sometimes known as commercial designers. There are approximately43,900 industrial designers employed in the United States.

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Median Salary

$66,590

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Employment Prospects

Fair

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Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree


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Experience

Internship


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Skills

Computer


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Personality Traits

Creative

Earnings

The median salary for commercial and industrial designers was $66,590 in May 2018, according to the U.S Department of Labor. The lowest 10 percent earned $38,630 annually, and the top 10 percent earned more than $108,040.

Depending on their employers, most industrial designers enjoy a full complement of benefits, including vacation and sick time as well as holidays and medical and dental...

Work Environment

Industrial designers enjoy generally pleasant work conditions. In many companies, the atmosphere is relaxed and casual. Most designers spend a significant amount of time at either a computer workstation or drawing board. Most industrial designers work at least 40 hours a week, with overtime frequently required. There is a lot of pressure to speed up the design/development process and get produc...

Outlook

Employment of industrial designers is expected to grow slower than average for all careers through 2028, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) as a result of a little or no change in employment in the manufacturing sector during this time period. Despite this prediction, designers will be needed to improve product quality and safety, to design new products for the global marketplace, ...

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