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Industrial Designers

Industrial Designers
Quick Facts : Industrial Designers*
2010 Median Pay$58,230
Entry Level EducationBachelor's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201240,800
Job Outlook10% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change4,300

Industrial designers develop concepts for manufacturing production purposes such as cars, home appliances and toys. They combine art, business and engineering to create practical products to be used for everyday life.

What Industrial Designers Do

  • Sketch out ideas or create blueprints
  • Research consumer markets for the product and the various ways it might be used
  • Use computer software to develop virtual models of different designs
  • Work with other specialists to evaluate whether their design concepts will fill the need at a reasonable cost
  • Present designs and demonstrate prototypes to clients for approval

Work Environment

Industrial designers work in offices in a variety of industries. Although they design manufactured products, only about 29 percent of industrial designers are employed directly by manufacturers.
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Job Outlook

Employment of industrial designers is expected to grow by 10 percent from 2010 to 2020 as the demand increases for new products and new product styles should also increase.
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The average salary of industrial designers was $58,230 in May 2010.
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Becoming a Industrial Designers

A bachelor's degree is usually required for most entry-level industrial design jobs. Equally important for industrial designers is having a professional portfolio with examples of their best design projects.
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