National Application Center :: career details :: Commercial and Industrial Designers
Career Details :: 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.
A minimum of two to four years 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.
Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
- Confers with engineering, marketing, production, or sales department or customer to establish design concepts for manufactured products.
- Prepares detailed drawings, illustrations, artwork, or blueprints, using drawing instruments or paints and brushes.
- Integrates findings and concepts and sketches design ideas.
- Designs packaging and containers for products, such as foods, beverages, toiletries, or medicines.
- Creates and designs graphic material for use as ornamentation, illustration, or advertising on manufactured materials and packaging.
- Modifies design to conform with customer specifications, production limitations, or changes in design trends.
- Directs and coordinates preparation of detailed drawings from sketches or fabrication of models or samples.
- Reads publications, attends showings, and studies traditional, period, and contemporary design styles and motifs to obtain perspective and design concepts.
- Prepares itemized production requirements to produce item.
- Fabricates model or sample in paper, wood, glass, fabric, plastic, or metal, using hand and power tools.
- Presents design to customer or design committee for approval and discusses need for modification.
- Evaluates design ideas for feasibility based on factors, such as appearance, function, serviceability, budget, production costs/methods, and market characteristics.
- Architectural Drafters
- Art Directors
- Costume Attendants
- Exhibit Designers
- Fashion Designers
- Interior Designers
- Landscape Architects
- Model Makers, Metal and Plastic
- Orthotists and Prosthetists
- Set Designers
General Work Activities
- Thinking Creatively
- Getting Information Needed to Do the Job
- Drafting & Specifying Technical Devices, etc.
- Communicating With Persons Outside Organization
- Communicating With Other Workers
Frequent Work Context
- Objective or Subjective Information
- Job-Required Social Interaction
- Consequence of Error
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate