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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.
Hispanic or Latino9.4%
Black or African American0.6%
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Savannah College of Art and Design9.0%
Art Center College of Design8.1%
Fashion Institute of Technology7.6%
Carnegie Mellon University5.9%
Rochester Institute of Technology5.3%
Macomb Community College5.1%
University of Phoenix4.8%
Rhode Island School of Design4.8%
Oakland Community College4.5%
Henry Ford College4.2%
Academy of Art University3.7%
University of Cincinnati3.7%
Pennsylvania State University3.7%
Illinois Institute of Technology3.4%
San Jose State University3.4%
Arizona State University3.4%
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|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|
|Head of Product Design||Liveperson, Inc.||New York, NY||Oct 01, 2015||$179,000|
|Director, Product Design||Accela, Inc.||San Ramon, CA||Dec 18, 2016||$178,500|
|Director, Product Design||Accela, Inc.||San Ramon, CA||Dec 18, 2015||$175,000|
|Associate Product Designer||Salesforce.Com||San Francisco, CA||Aug 05, 2015||$118,000|
|Product Designer||Elation Health, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Mar 10, 2016||$117,770 -
|Product Designer||Bugcrowd, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Oct 22, 2016||$117,770|
|Staff Product Designer, Matrix||Salesforce.Com Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Oct 05, 2015||$117,603|
|Lead Product Designer||Connect Software Corporation||San Francisco, CA||Oct 09, 2016||$117,603 -
|Product Designer||Edifecs, Inc.||Bellevue, WA||May 17, 2016||$117,458 -
|Product Designer||Citrix Systems, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Apr 27, 2015||$117,200 -
|Product Designer||Thumbtack, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||May 16, 2016||$116,542 -
|Product Designer||Mixpanel, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Feb 09, 2016||$90,355 -
|Product Designer||Ifttt, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Aug 09, 2015||$90,000|
|Product Designer||Blade, LLC||Boston, MA||Nov 19, 2015||$90,000 -
|Product Designer||Uber Technologies, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Dec 15, 2015||$90,000 -
|Product Designer||Change.ORG, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jun 04, 2016||$90,000 -
|Product Designer||Change.ORG, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Mar 05, 2016||$90,000 -
|Product Designer||Uber Technologies, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Oct 14, 2016||$90,000 -
|Product Designer, IXD||Uber Technologies, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Sep 04, 2015||$90,000|
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