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A bachelor’s degree is usually required for entry-level industrial design jobs. It is also important for industrial designers to have an electronic portfolio with examples of their best design projects.Education
A bachelor’s degree in industrial design, architecture, or engineering is usually required for entry-level industrial design jobs. Most industrial design programs include courses that industrial designers need in design: drawing, computer-aided design and drafting (CADD), and three-dimensional modeling. Most programs will also include courses in business, industrial materials and processes, and manufacturing methods that industrial designers need when developing their design.
The National Association of Schools of Art and Design accredits approximately 320 postsecondary colleges, universities, and independent institutes with programs in art and design. Many schools require successful completion of some basic art and design courses before entry into a bachelor’s degree program. Applicants also may need to submit sketches and other examples of their artistic ability.
Many programs provide students with the opportunity to build a professional portfolio of their designs by collecting examples of their designs from classroom projects, internships, or other experiences. Students can use these examples of their work to demonstrate their design skills when applying for jobs and bidding on contracts for work.
Some designers have a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) degree which helps further develop a designer’s business skills. These skills help designers understand how to fit their designs to meet the cost limitations a firm may have for the production of a given product.Important Qualities
Analytical skills. Industrial designers use logic or reasoning skills to study consumers and recognize the need for new products.
Artistic ability. Industrial designers sketch their initial design ideas, which are used later to create prototypes. As such, designers must be able to express their design through illustration.
Computer skills. Industrial designers use computer-aided design software to develop their designs and create prototypes.
Creativity. Industrial designers must be innovative in their designs and the ways in which they integrate existing technologies into their new product.
Interpersonal skills. Industrial designers must develop cooperative working relationships with clients and colleagues who specialize in related disciplines.
Mechanical skills. Industrial designers must understand how products are engineered, at least for the types of products that they design.
Problem-solving skills. Industrial designers identify complex design problems such as the need, size, and cost of a product, anticipate production issues, develop alternatives, evaluate options, and implement solutions.Advancement
Experienced designers in large firms may advance to chief designer, design department head, or other supervisory positions. Some designers become teachers in design schools or in colleges and universities. For more information, see the profile on postsecondary teachers. Many teachers continue to consult privately or operate small design studios in addition to teaching. Some experienced designers open their own design firms.
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Hispanic or Latino13.2%
Black or African American0.6%
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Fashion Institute of Technology11.9%
Savannah College of Art and Design9.9%
School of Visual Arts7.9%
Rochester Institute of Technology6.6%
California State University - Fullerton6.0%
University of Illinois at Chicago4.6%
Michigan State University4.6%
Art Institute of Pittsburgh4.6%
Rhode Island School of Design4.6%
Arizona State University4.0%
Parsons the New School for Design3.3%
University of Wisconsin - Stout3.3%
University of Phoenix3.3%
Montclair State University3.3%
University of Alabama2.6%
Otis College of Art and Design2.6%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Cosmetic Package Designer||Kiss Nail Products, Inc.||Port Washington, NY||Dec 09, 2014||$69,793|
|SR. Packaging Designer||Kiss Nail Products, Inc.||Port Washington, NY||Oct 01, 2015||$63,000|
|Product and Packaging Designer||FUDY Solutions LLC||Kenosha, WI||Aug 31, 2016||$62,400|
|Title Web and Package Designer||Baby Boom Consumer Products Inc.||Newark, NJ||Dec 10, 2010||$57,000|
|Title Web and Package Designer||Baby Boom Consumer Products Inc.||Newark, NJ||Nov 29, 2010||$57,000|
|Designer, Global Package Design||Clinique Laboratories, Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 14, 2012||$55,000|
|Senior Packaging Designer||Kiss Nail Products Inc.||Port Washington, NY||Oct 01, 2012||$53,000|
|Package Designer||Ceradini Design Inc.||New York, NY||Nov 22, 2010||$53,000|
|Conceptual Packaging Designer||Transparent Container Co., Inc.||Addison, IL||Sep 28, 2013||$52,978 -
|Package Designer||EBIN New York, Inc.||Englewood, NJ||Sep 13, 2016||$50,088|
|Package Designer||Schawk USA Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Aug 25, 2014||$50,000 -
|Packaging Designer||Victoria Classics, Inc.||Edison, NJ||Nov 07, 2011||$48,547 -
|Packaging Designer||Raison Pure Internatial, Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 03, 2016||$48,422|
|Packaging Designer||Mdsun Skin Care, Inc.||Arcadia, CA||Aug 09, 2016||$48,000|
|Packaging Designer||Raison Pure Internatial, Inc.||New York, NY||Jan 19, 2016||$47,901|
|Packaging Designer||Textiles From Europe, Inc.||Edison, NJ||Jun 07, 2013||$47,882 -
|Packaging Designer||Raison Pure International Inc.||New York, NY||Aug 06, 2013||$47,000|
|Packaging Designer||Grand Supercenter Inc.||Lyndhurst, NJ||Oct 01, 2014||$45,914|
|Cosmetic Package Designer||Kiss Nail Products, Inc.||Port Washington, NY||Dec 29, 2010||$45,074|
|Packaging Designer||Isis Collections Inc.||Carlstadt, NJ||Oct 01, 2011||$41,740|
|Designer I-Package||E. & J. Gallo Winery||Modesto, CA||Oct 01, 2011||$41,250 -
|Packaging Designer||Leuci Design Group LLC||New York, NY||Sep 10, 2013||$40,697|
|Package Designer||Corasia Corp.||Milpitas, CA||Sep 27, 2013||$40,000|
|Packaging Designer||Grand Supercenter Inc.||Lyndhurst, NJ||Oct 01, 2011||$39,653|
|Product & Packaging Designer||David Peyser Sportswear Inc.||New York, NY||Aug 09, 2016||$38,651|
|Product & Packaging Designer||David Peyser Sportswear Inc.||New York, NY||Jun 09, 2016||$38,651|
|Product & Packaging Designer||David Peyser Sportswear Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 20, 2016||$38,651|
|Graphic/Packaging Designer||Paris Baguette Bon DOUX, Inc.||Moonachie, NJ||Aug 09, 2016||$38,522|
|Graphic/Packaging Designer||Paris Baguette America, Inc.||Hackensack, NJ||Sep 14, 2013||$37,675|
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