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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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Product Designer Career Paths

Product Designer
Project Engineer Operations Manager Account Executive
Account Director
9 Yearsyrs
Design Consultant Project Coordinator Marketing Manager
Brand Director
11 Yearsyrs
Product Design Engineer Project Engineer Product Manager
Brand Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Design Engineer Program Manager
Business Development Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Program Manager Marketing Manager
Director Of Communications And Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Engineer Product Manager Brand Manager
Global Brand Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Designer Senior Designer Creative Director
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Project Manager Program Manager
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Application Engineer Product Manager
Product Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Systems Engineer Product Manager
Product Director
11 Yearsyrs
Product Engineer Application Engineer Product Manager
Product Line Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Designer Design Engineer Application Engineer
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Marketing Manager
Product Marketing Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineer Senior Software Engineer Technical Project Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Design Consultant User Experience Designer User Experience Architect
User Experience Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Product Design Engineer Engineering Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Product Engineer Product Manager Director Of Product Development
Vice President Product Development
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Creative Director Marketing Director
Vice President, Business Development
13 Yearsyrs
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Product Designer Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    70.1%
  • Female

    24.8%
  • Unknown

    5.1%

Ethnicity

  • White

    73.9%
  • Asian

    14.4%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    9.4%
  • Unknown

    1.7%
  • Black or African American

    0.6%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    24.7%
  • Mandarin

    13.7%
  • French

    11.5%
  • Chinese

    11.5%
  • German

    5.5%
  • Korean

    4.4%
  • Russian

    4.4%
  • Japanese

    3.8%
  • Cantonese

    3.8%
  • Arabic

    2.7%
  • Hindi

    2.2%
  • Italian

    2.2%
  • Portuguese

    2.2%
  • Swedish

    1.6%
  • Vietnamese

    1.6%
  • Ukrainian

    1.1%
  • Carrier

    1.1%
  • Marathi

    0.5%
  • Gujarati

    0.5%
  • Bosnian

    0.5%
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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 Facebook, Inc. Mountain View, CA Sep 15, 2015 $192,000
Product Designer Whatsapp Inc. Mountain View, CA Oct 01, 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 -
$130,000
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 -
$138,362
Product Designer Edifecs, Inc. Bellevue, WA May 17, 2016 $117,458 -
$130,000
Product Designer Citrix Systems, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Apr 27, 2015 $117,200 -
$120,000
Product Designer Thumbtack, Inc. San Francisco, CA May 16, 2016 $116,542 -
$150,000
Product Designer Mixpanel, Inc. San Francisco, CA Feb 09, 2016 $90,355 -
$160,000
Product Designer Ifttt, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 09, 2015 $90,000
Product Designer Blade, LLC Boston, MA Nov 19, 2015 $90,000 -
$110,000
Product Designer Uber Technologies, Inc. San Francisco, CA Dec 15, 2015 $90,000 -
$120,000
Product Designer Change.ORG, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 04, 2016 $90,000 -
$140,000
Product Designer Change.ORG, Inc. San Francisco, CA Mar 05, 2016 $90,000 -
$145,000
Product Designer Uber Technologies, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Oct 14, 2016 $90,000 -
$130,000
Product Designer, IXD Uber Technologies, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 04, 2015 $90,000

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Top Skills for A Product Designer

CADDesignConceptsNewProductDevelopmentProductLineSolidModelsCatiaV5WebGraphicDesignArtTBOMUserInterfacePhotoshopAdobeIllustratorPro-EUnigraphicsRAssemblyDrawingsPro/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).

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