Industrial Designer
Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
16d ago

Pay for industrial designers varies depending on experience.

  • Graduate industrial designers typically earn between $40,000 and $45,000 a year. Some employers also give employees a cut of company earnings through profit-sharing schemes.
  • With three to five years' experience, industrial designers can expect to earn up to $60,000.
  • At senior level, with five or more years' experience and management responsibilities, industrial designers may earn between $60,000 and $80,000.
  • Self-employed industrial designers may earn more than this.

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    What you will do

    Industrial designers may do some or all of the following :

  • analyse clients' requirements
  • prepare drawings and models
  • discuss design ideas with clients
  • work out material and process requirements
  • provide clients with budgets for production of designs
  • analyse product patent documents
  • test the durability, efficiency, or comfort of products (ergonomics).
  • Skills and knowledge

    Industrial designers need to have :

  • knowledge of design and production standards
  • knowledge of manufacturing and construction materials and processes
  • knowledge of ergonomic design (how to design for users' comfort and efficiency)
  • the ability to interpret clients' ideas.
  • Industrial designers :

  • usually work regular business hours, but may have to work evenings and weekends to meet deadlines
  • work in offices, workshops or studios
  • may have to travel locally, nationally or internationally to work with clients.
  • Entry requirements

    To become an industrial designer you need a Bachelor's degree in industrial or product design. Some employers may also accept people with degrees in related areas, such as graphic or architectural design.

    A portfolio that demonstrates your design and creative ability is also necessary.

    Secondary education

    A tertiary entrance qualification is needed to enter tertiary training. Useful subjects include art, design technology, graphics, computer studies, English and maths.

    Personal requirements

    Industrial designers need to be :

  • creative and imaginative with good artistic skills
  • innovative
  • able to work well under pressure
  • motivated and confident
  • able to accept criticism
  • good communicators
  • persuasive, as they need to sell their ideas and designs to clients.
  • Useful experience

    Useful experience for industrial designers includes :

  • drawing experience
  • computer-aided design (CAD) experience
  • draughting work
  • architecture or interior design work
  • craft or furniture design
  • manufacturing work in a workshop
  • running a business.
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