Commercial and Industrial Designers

Arts, Audio/Video Technology & Communications > Visual Arts

Projected Growth: Slower than average

Projected Job Openings

Considerable Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to 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.

Common job titles of Commercial and Industrial Designers include:

Experience and Education

A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for this occupation. For example, a person in this occupation must complete four years of college and work for several years in industry to be considered qualified.

  • 67.92% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.

  • 15.23% said they needed a Some College Courses.


    Confer with engineering, marketing, production, or sales departments, or with customers, to establish and evaluate design concepts for manufactured products.

    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.

    Research production specifications, costs, production materials, and manufacturing methods and provide cost estimates and itemized production requirements.

    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.

    Supervise assistants' work throughout the design process.

    Participate in new product planning or market research, including studying the potential need for new products.

    Develop industrial standards and regulatory guidelines.

    Design graphic material for use as ornamentation, illustration, or advertising on manufactured materials and packaging or containers.

    Read publications, attend showings, and study competing products and design styles and motifs to obtain perspective and generate design concepts.

    Evaluate feasibility of design ideas, based on factors such as appearance, safety, function, serviceability, budget, production costs/methods, and market characteristics.

    Present designs and reports to customers or design committees for approval and discuss need for modification.

    Direct and coordinate the fabrication of models or samples and the drafting of working drawings and specification sheets from sketches.

    Advise corporations on issues involving corporate image projects or problems.

    Fabricate models or samples in paper, wood, glass, fabric, plastic, metal, or other materials, using hand or power tools.

    Develop manufacturing procedures and monitor the manufacture of their designs in a factory to improve operations and product quality.

    Coordinate the look and function of product lines.


Universal serial bus USB flash drives

Personal computers

Liquid crystal display LCD video projectors

Laptop computers

Desktop computers

Compact digital cameras


Adobe Systems Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign

Ashlar-Vellum Cobalt

Autodesk AliasStudio

Autodesk Maya for Design Visualization

Autodesk Revit

All Technologies


Dassault Systemes SOLIDWORKS

ESRI ArcGIS software



National Instruments LabVIEW


Siemens PLM Software UGS NX

Trimble SketchUp Pro

1CadCam Unigraphics

Apache Maven

Autodesk 3ds Max

Chaos Group V-Ray

Corel Painter

Delphi Technology

Finite element analysis software

Geometric CAMWorks


McNeel Rhino software

Quark Xpress

Siemens NX for Manufacturing

Softimage XSI


Xara Xtreme


Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Operations Analysis

Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.


Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

Technology Design

Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.

Systems Analysis

Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Systems Evaluation

Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.


Come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Fluency of Ideas

Come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Originality

See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning

Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.

Cognitive Abilities › Spatial Abilities › Visualization

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