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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.
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Hispanic or Latino10.6%
Black or African American0.8%
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Fashion Institute of Technology38.6%
Savannah College of Art and Design9.0%
Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising4.8%
Rhode Island School of Design4.1%
Academy of Art University3.4%
Parsons the New School for Design3.4%
North Carolina State University2.8%
South University-The Art Institute of Dallas2.8%
School of the Art Institute of Chicago2.8%
Michigan State University2.8%
University of Georgia2.8%
Moore College of Art and Design2.1%
University of Northern Iowa2.1%
University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth2.1%
University of North Carolina at Greensboro2.1%
University of Wisconsin - Parkside1.4%
Cleveland Institute of Art1.4%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Senior Textile Print Designer||Nordstrom, Inc.||Seattle, WA||Mar 22, 2013||$116,000|
|Textile Designer||Createx Corp.||New York, NY||Dec 01, 2011||$90,000|
|Textile Designer II, Bed and Bath||Calvin Klein Inc.||New York, NY||Aug 26, 2013||$85,801|
|Textile Designer||Createx Corp.||New York, NY||Dec 01, 2011||$80,000|
|Textile Designer||JLM Couture, Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 20, 2014||$75,000|
|Designer-Textiles||Williams-Sonoma, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Oct 06, 2013||$73,944 -
|Designer-Textiles||Williams-Sonoma, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jun 10, 2013||$73,944 -
|Senior Textile Designer||LF USA, Inc.||Alta, CA||Jan 01, 2014||$73,500|
|Textile Designer||Sysco Guest Supply, LLC||Monmouth Junction, NJ||Oct 01, 2015||$72,000|
|Textile Designer||Collection XIIX, Ltd.||New York, NY||Oct 01, 2015||$72,000|
|Textile Designer||City Prints LLC||New York, NY||Oct 01, 2014||$70,000|
|Textile Designer||Y.M.F. Carpets, Inc.||New York, NY||Apr 23, 2013||$70,000|
|Textile Designer||Dyenamix Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 15, 2013||$57,200|
|Textile Designer||Carnegie Fabrics, Inc.||New York, NY||Oct 01, 2013||$55,120|
|Textile Designer||Sacco Carpet Corporation||New York, NY||Sep 24, 2013||$55,000|
|SR. Textile Designer||Peacock Apparel Group, Inc.||New York, NY||Oct 15, 2012||$54,721|
|Textile Designer||Johnson Controls, Inc.||Plymouth, MI||Oct 01, 2012||$52,749 -
|Textile Designer||Sage Automotive Interiors, Inc.||Greenville, SC||Aug 26, 2015||$52,083|
|Textiles Designer for Soft Furnishings||Welcome Industrial Corp.||New York, NY||Apr 18, 2016||$52,000|
|Graphic Textile Designer||Mitsosa Group, Inc.||New York, NY||Jan 09, 2016||$51,979|
|Textile Designer||Envogue International LLC.||New York, NY||Aug 16, 2014||$44,000|
|Textile Designer||Aw Chang Corporation||New York, NY||Sep 29, 2012||$43,950|
|Textile Designer||Design Works International Inc.||New York, NY||Oct 25, 2011||$43,950|
|Textile Designer||Design Works International Inc.||New York, NY||Nov 01, 2011||$43,827|
|Textile Designer||Rag & Bone Industries LLC||New York, NY||Jan 31, 2011||$43,742|
|Textile Designer||Kalaty Rug Corp||Hicksville, NY||Dec 01, 2014||$43,076|
|Textile Designer||Kalaty Rug Corporation||Hicksville, NY||Nov 30, 2015||$43,076|
|Textile Designer||Tanuki Corp||New York, NY||Jan 16, 2012||$42,784|
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