Commercial and Industrial Designers
SOC: 27-1021.00


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.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
38,400 employed

Projected (2024):
39,200 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Art Glass Designer
  • Athletic Shoe Designer
  • Automobile Designer
  • Automotive Designer
  • Bank Note Designer
  • Bicycle Designer
  • Bike Designer
  • Boat Designer
  • Body Stylist
  • Car Body Designer
  • Ceramic Designer
  • Ceramic Mold Designer
  • Cloth Designer
  • Color Adviser
  • Color Consultant
  • Color Expert
  • Commercial Interior Designer
  • Creative Director
  • Design Director
  • Design Engineer
  • Designer
  • Electrical Designer
  • Embroidery Designer
  • Engineer
  • Engineering Manager
  • Fabric Designer
  • Fire Sprinkler Designer
  • Furniture Designer
  • Game Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Industrial Designer
  • Jewelry Designer
  • Lighting Designer
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Mechanical Designer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Memorial Designer
  • Millinery Designer
  • Mold Designer
  • Motorcycle Designer
  • Ornamental Metalwork Designer
  • Package Designer
  • Packaging Designer
  • Pottery Decoration Designer
  • Product Design Engineer
  • Product Designer
  • Product Developer
  • Product Development Engineer
  • Product Development Manager
  • Product Engineer
  • Product Expert
  • Production Designer
  • Project Engineer
  • Robot Designer
  • Robotic Toy Inventor
  • Roller Coaster Designer
  • Rug Designer
  • Safety Clothing and Equipment Developer
  • Sign Designer
  • Silver Designer
  • Snowboard Designer
  • Stained Glass Artist
  • Stained Glass Window Designer
  • Surfboard Designer
  • Textile Designer
  • Tile Designer
  • Toy Designer
  • Toy Maker
  • Weapons Designer
  • Weapons Engineer

  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed


    A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.


    Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Fine Arts
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Prepare sketches of ideas, detailed drawings, illustrations, artwork, or blueprints, using drafting instruments, paints and brushes, or computer-aided design equipment.
  • Direct and coordinate the fabrication of models or samples and the drafting of working drawings and specification sheets from sketches.
  • Modify and refine designs, using working models, to conform with customer specifications, production limitations, or changes in design trends.
  • Coordinate the look and function of product lines.
  • Confer with engineering, marketing, production, or sales departments, or with customers, to establish and evaluate design concepts for manufactured products.
  • Present designs and reports to customers or design committees for approval and discuss need for modification.
  • Evaluate feasibility of design ideas, based on factors such as appearance, safety, function, serviceability, budget, production costs/methods, and market characteristics.
  • Read publications, attend showings, and study competing products and design styles and motifs to obtain perspective and generate design concepts.
  • Research production specifications, costs, production materials and manufacturing methods and provide cost estimates and itemized production requirements.
  • Design graphic material for use as ornamentation, illustration, or advertising on manufactured materials and packaging or containers.
  • Develop manufacturing procedures and monitor the manufacture of their designs in a factory to improve operations and product quality.
  • Supervise assistants' work throughout the design process.
  • Fabricate models or samples in paper, wood, glass, fabric, plastic, metal, or other materials, using hand or power tools.
  • Investigate product characteristics such as the product's safety and handling qualities, its market appeal, how efficiently it can be produced, and ways of distributing, using and maintaining it.
  • Develop industrial standards and regulatory guidelines.
  • Participate in new product planning or market research, including studying the potential need for new products.
  • Advise corporations on issues involving corporate image projects or problems.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Compact digital cameras
  • Desktop computers
  • Laptop computers
  • Liquid crystal display LCD video projectors
  • Personal computers
  • Universal serial bus USB flash drives
  • 1CadCam Unigraphics
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat
  • Adobe Systems Adobe AfterEffects
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Fireworks
  • Adobe Systems Adobe FreeHand
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software
  • Ashlar-Vellum Cobalt
  • Autodesk 3ds Max
  • Autodesk AliasStudio
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Autodesk Maya for Design Visualization
  • Autodesk Revit
  • C
  • C++
  • Chaos Group V-Ray software
  • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
  • Corel CorelDraw Graphics Suite
  • Corel Painter
  • Dassault Systemes CATIA software
  • Delphi software
  • Email software
  • ESRI ArcGIS software
  • Finite element analysis software
  • Geometric CAMWorks
  • Hypertext markup language HTML
  • IBM Notes
  • JavaScript
  • jQuery
  • MAXON CINEMA 4D software
  • McNeel Rhino software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Project
  • Microsoft Publisher
  • Microsoft Word
  • Minitab software
  • PTC Creo Parametric
  • QuarkXPress
  • SAP software
  • Siemens NX for Manufacturing
  • Siemens PLM Software UGS NX
  • Softimage XSI
  • SolidWorks CAD software
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
  • Verilog
  • Web browser software
  • Xara Xtreme

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    industry stats

    SOC: 27-0000

    Total Employed: 1,843,600

    Average Annual Salary: $56,980