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Working As A Package Designer

  • Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • $48,256

    Average Salary

What Does A Package Designer Do

Industrial designers develop the concepts for manufactured products, such as cars, home appliances, and toys. They combine art, business, and engineering to make products that people use every day. Industrial designers consider the function, aesthetics, production costs, and the usability of products when developing new product concepts.

Duties

Industrial designers typically do the following:

  • Consult with clients to determine requirements for designs
  • Research the various ways a particular product might be used, and who will use it
  • Sketch out ideas or create renderings, which are images on paper or on a computer that provide a better visual of design ideas
  • Use computer software to develop virtual models of different designs
  • Create physical prototypes of their designs
  • Examine materials and manufacturing requirements to determine production costs
  • Work with other specialists such as mechanical engineers or manufacturers to evaluate whether their design concepts will fill needs at a reasonable cost
  • Evaluate product safety, appearance, and function to determine if a design is practical
  • Present designs and demonstrate prototypes to clients for approval

Some industrial designers focus on a particular product category. For example, some design medical equipment, or work on consumer electronics products, such as computers and smart phones. Other designers develop ideas for other products such as new bicycles, furniture, housewares, and snowboards. Self-employed designers have more flexibility in the product categories they work on. Designers who work for manufacturers help create the look and feel of a brand through their designs.

Industrial designers imagine how consumers might use a product and test different designs with consumers to see how each design looks and works. Industrial designers often work with engineers, production experts, and market research analysts to find out if their designs are feasible. They apply the input from their colleagues’ professional expertise to further develop their designs. For example, industrial designers may work with market research analysts to develop plans to market new product designs to consumers.

Computers are a major tool for industrial designers. They use two-dimensional computer-aided design (CAD) software to sketch ideas, because computers make it easy to make changes and show alternatives. Three-dimensional CAD software is increasingly being used by industrial designers as a tool to transform their two-dimensional designs into models with the help of three-dimensional printers. If they work for manufacturers, they also may use computer-aided industrial design (CAID) software to create specific machine-readable instructions that tell other machines exactly how to build the product.

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How To Become A Package Designer

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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Package Designer Career Paths

Package Designer
Art Director Creative Director Marketing Director
Brand Director
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Graphic Designer Creative Director
Chief Creative Officer
9 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Designer Senior Designer Art Director
Creative Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Graphic Designer Art Director
Creative Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Freelance Designer Lead Designer Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Freelance Designer Senior Designer
Design Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Program Manager Marketing Director
Director Of Consumer Marketing
11 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Product Manager Director Of Sales
Director Of Global Sales
13 Yearsyrs
Art Director Production Manager Product Manager
Director Of Product Development
11 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Designer Lead Designer Creative Director
Director Of User Experience
10 Yearsyrs
Design Manager Senior Project Manager Senior Manager Of Marketing
Director, Marketing & Product Development
10 Yearsyrs
Production Designer Production Manager Senior Buyer
Divisional Merchandise Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Creative Director Marketing Communications Manager Brand Manager
Global Brand Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Project Manager Product Manager
Group Product Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Design Manager Principal Engineer Research And Development Manager
New Product Development Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Industrial Designer User Experience Designer Product Designer
Product Design Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Creative Director User Experience Designer User Experience Architect
User Experience Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Design Engineer Engineering Manager
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Product Designer 3.8 years
Designer/Artist 3.8 years
Head Designer 3.4 years
Graphic Designer 3.1 years
Designer 3.0 years
Creative Designer 3.0 years
Package Designer 3.0 years
Freelance Designer 2.6 years
Marketing Designer 2.5 years
Visual Designer 2.4 years
Assistant Designer 1.7 years
Junior Designer 1.6 years
Top Employers Before
Designer 8.5%
Internship 2.6%
Top Employers After
Art Director 10.3%
Designer 7.6%
Owner 2.4%

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Package Designer Demographics

Gender

Male

55.6%

Female

41.0%

Unknown

3.5%
Ethnicity

White

55.5%

Hispanic or Latino

18.4%

Asian

13.6%

Black or African American

9.1%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

39.1%

Chinese

8.7%

French

8.7%

Mandarin

8.7%

Portuguese

6.5%

Japanese

6.5%

Italian

6.5%

Arabic

4.3%

Czech

2.2%

Greek

2.2%

Armenian

2.2%

Cantonese

2.2%

Thai

2.2%
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Package Designer Education

Schools

Fashion Institute of Technology

12.5%

Savannah College of Art and Design

9.0%

School of Visual Arts

9.0%

Rochester Institute of Technology

6.9%

Pratt Institute-Main

6.3%

California State University - Fullerton

5.6%

University of Illinois at Chicago

4.9%

Michigan State University

4.9%

Art Institute of Pittsburgh

4.9%

Rhode Island School of Design

4.9%

University of Wisconsin - Stout

4.2%

Parsons the New School for Design

3.5%

University of Phoenix

3.5%

Montclair State University

3.5%

University of Alabama

2.8%

New York City College of Technology of the City University of New York

2.8%

Otis College of Art and Design

2.8%

Arizona State University

2.8%

Clemson University

2.8%

Northeastern University

2.8%
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Majors

Graphic Design

53.9%

Design And Visual Communication

8.0%

Fine Arts

7.5%

Engineering And Industrial Management

5.3%

Drafting And Design

3.7%

Business

2.9%

Computer Applications

2.4%

Communication

2.0%

Mechanical Engineering

1.8%

Graphic Communications

1.8%

Animation

1.4%

Marketing

1.4%

Photography

1.2%

Visual And Performing Arts

1.2%

Engineering

1.2%

Management

1.0%

Computer Science

1.0%

Electrical Engineering

1.0%

Psychology

0.8%

General Studies

0.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

56.6%

Other

18.2%

Associate

10.7%

Masters

9.1%

Certificate

3.6%

Doctorate

1.0%

Diploma

0.7%

License

0.2%
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Real Package Designer Salaries

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 -
$57,000
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 -
$60,000
Packaging Designer Victoria Classics, Inc. Edison, NJ Nov 07, 2011 $48,547 -
$57,533
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 -
$60,000
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 -
$49,250
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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  1. Adobe Photoshop
  2. New Product Development
  3. Art
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  • Worked with internal regulatory and marketing counterparts to evaluate packaging projects.
  • Design corporate and marketing print collateral plus web design, email graphics and mobile site.
  • Conceptualized and designed specialty luxury items, vintage and retro packaging designs.
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