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Become A Product Designer

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Working As A Product 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

  • $72,143

    Average Salary

What Does A Product Designer Do

A Product Designer designs various items, such as mobile phones, household appliances, and cars. They generally work on specialized products like medical, electronics, or telecommunications equipment.

How To Become A Product 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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40 Product Designer jobs

The Creative Group
Ashburn, VA
Graphic Designer

$45,000 Estimated

Global Channel Management, Inc.
Ashburn, VA
Product Engineer

$81,400 Estimated

Datanomics
Ashburn, VA
Network Product Engineer

$81,400 Estimated

The Home Depot
Ashburn, VA
Designer - Kitchen / Bath

$60,740 Estimated

Verizon Communications
Ashburn, VA
IP Toll Free Product Manager

$94,470 Estimated

Anthem
Ashburn, VA
Product Capabilities Director (Product Management Dir Sr) - AIM Chicago - PS2605

$120,838 Estimated

The Home Depot
Ashburn, VA
Designer - Kitchen / Bath

$60,740 Estimated

Oracle
Ashburn, VA
Product Manager - Edge Security (JoinOCI-Edge)

$94,470 Estimated

Collabera
Ashburn, VA
Viptela Product Engineer (Software Defined WAN Rou

$81,400 Estimated

Verizon Communications
Ashburn, VA
Product Marketing Manager

$106,551 Estimated

Curtiss Wright
Ashburn, VA
Sr. Product Manager

$117,811 Estimated

Oracle
Ashburn, VA
Principal Product Manager

$133,840 Estimated

Curtiss Wright
Ashburn, VA
Product Development Manager (Hardware)

$85,532 Estimated

Daymon Interactions
Ashburn, VA
PT Product Demonstrators needed at a Giant near you!

$31,060 Estimated

Oracle
Ashburn, VA
Oracle Utilities - Product Marketing Analyst

$70,000 Estimated

Jobleads
Ashburn, VA
Director, Product Management

$133,140 Estimated

Oracle
Ashburn, VA
Director, Partner Product Management

$133,140 Estimated

Verizon Wireless
Ashburn, VA
Senior Product Strategy Manager

$117,811 Estimated

Curtiss Wright
Ashburn, VA
Product Development Manager (FPGA)

$85,532 Estimated

Oracle
Ashburn, VA
Principal Product Manager - Oracle CX Cloud

$133,840 Estimated

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Real Product Designer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Product Designer Netflix, Inc. Los Gatos, CA Aug 25, 2015 $300,000
Product Designer-Enterprise Solutions Bloomberg, LP New York, NY Sep 01, 2015 $240,000
Product Designer Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Mar 09, 2015 $210,818
Product Designer Whatsapp, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Dec 19, 2016 $202,445
Manager, Product Design Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Sep 10, 2015 $200,000
Product Designer Whatsapp Inc. Mountain View, CA Oct 01, 2015 $192,000
Product Designer Facebook, Inc. Mountain View, CA Sep 15, 2015 $192,000
Product Designer Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Feb 09, 2016 $187,035
Product Designer Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Sep 02, 2015 $182,400
Principal Product Designer Nerdwallet, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 31, 2015 $180,000
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Top Skills for A Product Designer

CADDesignConceptsNewProductDevelopmentProductLineSolidModelsCatiaV5WebGraphicDesignArtTBOMUserInterfacePhotoshopAdobeIllustratorUnigraphicsPro-ERAssemblyDrawingsPro/EngineerCNC

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Top Product Designer Skills

  1. CAD
  2. Design Concepts
  3. New Product Development
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Created CAD models for prototype shop and suppliers.
  • Developed scale and life size clay and plastic models to aid in product design concepts.
  • Designed and fabricated prototypes of new product line, and steered management and engineering on new product development.
  • Used Engineering specifications for Test Case creation and execution across the Connect+ and Kiosk Product Line.
  • Created and maintained component and assembly solid models and drawing files of shearing and seating machines via EMS (Intergraph).

Top Product Designer Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire a Product Designer

  1. Stanford University
  2. JK Harris & Company LLC
  3. The McGraw-Hill Companies
  4. Daisy Data Displays Inc.
  5. IBM
  6. J-Collabo
  7. Pitney Bowes
  8. Hutch Vapor
  9. Rentpath
  10. Shoutlet, Inc.
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