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Commercial & Industrial Designers

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

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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.
  • Modify and refine designs, using working models, to conform with customer specifications, production limitations, or changes in design trends.
  • Evaluate feasibility of design ideas, based on factors such as appearance, safety, function, serviceability, budget, production costs/methods, and market characteristics.

Knowledge

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

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information
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

Abilities

Ideas and Logic
  • come up with lots of ideas
  • create new and original ideas
Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say

Personality

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

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Computer aided design CAD software Hot Technology
  • Autodesk AutoCAD Hot Technology
  • Dassault Systemes CATIA
Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Creative Cloud Hot Technology
  • Trimble SketchUp Pro Hot Technology
Video creation and editing software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe AfterEffects Hot Technology
  • Autodesk 3ds Max

Education

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

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$66,590
$38,630
$108,040
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