Commercial and Industrial Design

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Commercial and Industrial Designer

Commercial and Industrial Designers. 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.


Bachelor's Degree


Median annual wage-and-salary wages for commercial and industrial designers are $58,060. The middle 50 percent earn between $42,040 and $77,300. The lowest 10 percent earn less than $31,810, and the highest 10 percent earn more than $95,910.

Skills needed

Time Management

Active Listening

Reading Comprehension



Critical Thinking

Job Outlook

Commercial and industrial designers usually work closely with a range of specialists including engineers, materials scientists, marketing and corporate strategy staff, cost estimators, and accountants.

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Senior Industrial Designer

Major Responsibilities:

Interpret specifications, design ideas, and mechanical concepts

Assist in the Engineers in solving design problems relating to the user experience, usability, and appearance

Present ideation and concepts to internal staff as well as external clients.

Interpret specifications, design ideas, mechanical concepts from Engineers, Product Managers, and other stakeholders into 2 or 3 dimensional concepts

Evaluate designs and make recommendations for improvements to designs to improve product quality and overall industrial design

Develop 3D surface files to transfer to mechanical engineering

Understand, and design for manufacturing processes.

Position Requirements:

BS or BFA in Industrial Design

Minimum of 5 years’ of professional experience.

Intimate knowledge of production processes and materials.

Proficient in surface modeling/parametric modeling for manufacturing.

Strong understanding and experience in implementing and creating sketches, storyboards, models, and prototypes.

Demonstrates the ability to lead complex programs collaborating with internal and external global teams.

Strong interpersonal skills with ability to effectively lead/facilitate teams.

A proven track record of designing challenging and innovative consumer products.

Excellent written and verbal communications skills.

Experience using various computer applications including Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and other applications in the Microsoft Office Suite.

Must have a “can-do” attitude – the desire to go above and beyond in all you do!

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