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Become A Package Designer

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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

  • $44,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Package Designer Do At Ross Stores, Inc.

* Packaging Design & Execution:
* Resources and manages multiple, complex packaging projects simultaneously.
* Work with Packaging Manager to adhere to timeframe and cost guidelines
* Evaluates feasibility of design ideas and develops packaging solutions that highlight product features and benefits
* Designs and engineers both interior and exterior packaging and graphics.
* Ensures that packaging is attractive, high quality, communicates effectively, and is cost effective
* Collaborate with Product Development teams or Merchandisers to effectively bring product to market while also educating on improvements to packaging for cost/aesthetic/functionality
* Overall aesthetic for multiple brands
* Produce production art
* Agent/Vendor Communication:
* Works with packaging counterparts at agents/vendors to execute all aspects of packaging and ensures design specifications are met
* Directs corrective actions with agents and vendors to resolve packaging issues
* Process Management:
* Supports and adheres to Ross standardized Packaging processes
* Tracks, records and proactively manages T&A for packaging projects
* Works with Product Development VPs, Directors and Director of Operations to prioritize projects and workload
* Proactively engages VPs and Product Directors on approval decisions to ensure timely approval of packaging
* Updates Ross Packaging guidelines and standards, as needed
* Continuously proposes ways to improve the packaging process
* Market Knowledge:
* Maintains knowledge of industry and packaging trends for current and future applications
* Collaboration & Communication:
* Advises and consults Product Development on packaging best practices to enhance business performance
* Provides artistic direction and approval for photo-shoots

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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.


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.


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
Senior Graphic Designer Senior Web Designer Creative Director
Chief Creative Officer
9 Yearsyrs
Art Director Design Director
Creative Director
6 Yearsyrs
Production Designer Senior Graphic Designer Art Director
Creative Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Art Director Creative Manager Associate Creative Director
Creative Services Director
8 Yearsyrs
Freelance Designer Senior Graphic Designer Art Director
Creative Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Industrial Designer Design Consultant Senior Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Freelance Designer Senior Designer
Design Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Creative Director Marketing Director
Director Of Communications And Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Designer Project Engineer Product Manager
Director Of Product Development
11 Yearsyrs
Creative Director Adjunct Professor Senior Software Engineer
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Design Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Creative Director Marketing Consultant
Marketing Communications Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Art Director Creative Director
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Graphic Designer Art Director
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Application Engineer Product Manager
Product Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Art Director Design Manager Product Developer
Research And Development Director
12 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Designer Design Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Production Designer Graphic Designer/Production
Senior Graphic Designer
5 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Engineering Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Industrial Designer Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Vice President Product Development
12 Yearsyrs
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Package Designer Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Chinese

  • Mandarin

  • French

  • Portuguese

  • Japanese

  • Italian

  • Arabic

  • Czech

  • Greek

  • Armenian

  • Cantonese

  • Thai

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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 -
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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Top Skills for A Package Designer


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Top Package Designer Skills

  1. New Product Development
  2. Concept Development
  3. Adobe Photoshop
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Create drawings and documentation to support new product development and electrical panel rebuild requirements, including enclosure assemblies.
  • Develop direct reports through coaching, performance feedback, clear art direction, communication and establishing development plans.
  • Reviewed resumes, interviewed and tested candidates, and made recommendations on hiring and training of Package Design staff.
  • Release CAD milestone designs to support global program timing.
  • Illustrated black & white line art for carton and insert components using Adobe Illustrator on Macintosh.

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