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.
This information is a guide only. )
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.
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.
A tertiary entrance qualification is needed to enter tertiary training. Useful subjects include art, design technology, graphics, computer studies, English and maths.
Industrial designers need to be :
creative and imaginative with good artistic skills
able to work well under pressure
motivated and confident
able to accept criticism
persuasive, as they need to sell their ideas and designs to clients.
Useful experience for industrial designers includes :
computer-aided design (CAD) experience
architecture or interior design work
craft or furniture design
manufacturing work in a workshop
running a business.