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Commercial & Industrial Designers

Also called: Design Engineer, Designer, Industrial Designer, Product Engineer

What they do:
Develop and design manufactured products, such as cars, home appliances, and children's toys. Combine artistic talent with research on product use, marketing, and materials to create the most functional and appealing product design.
On the job, you would:
  • Prepare sketches of ideas, detailed drawings, illustrations, artwork, or blueprints, using drafting instruments, paints and brushes, or computer-aided design equipment.
  • Confer with engineering, marketing, production, or sales departments, or with customers, to establish and evaluate design concepts for manufactured products.
  • Modify and refine designs, using working models, to conform with customer specifications, production limitations, or changes in design trends.


Engineering and Technology
  • design
  • product and service development
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • physics
Arts and Humanities
  • English language


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it


  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • create new and original ideas
  • use rules to solve problems


People interested in this work like activities that include creating, designing, and making your own rules.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Innovation
  • Attention to Detail
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Persistence
  • Dependability
  • Independence


You might use software like this on the job:

Computer aided design CAD software
  • Autodesk AliasStudio
  • Autodesk Maya for Design Visualization
Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software
Video creation and editing software
  • Autodesk 3ds Max
  • MAXON CINEMA 4D software


Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
associate's degree
usually needed

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