Commercial Designer Career Field

commecial designerCareer Overview

Commercial designers are also called industrial designers. They design and create the manufactured goods that we use every day. They generally specialize in one specific product like automobiles, appliances, technology products, medical equipment, furniture, toys, house wares, tools and construction equipment, and more. They utilize their skills in art, business, and engineering to create the design, style, function, and safety of manufactured goods.

Commercial designers mostly work for design firms or large manufacturing corporations. They may also own their own design companies and work from their own design location. They work closely with management and engineering teams to create and design new products.

Education Requirements

Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Design, Architecture, or Engineering

Most entry-level positions in the commercial and industrial design industry require a bachelor’s degree in industrial design, architecture, or engineering. Most bachelor’s degree programs also include an internship with a design and manufacturing company before a degree is awarded. Some commercial designers moving into management in large firms are beginning to also obtain master’s degrees in fields like business administration and other fields as they assist their companies in growing new design projects and business strategies.


Principals of Design
Sketching-CAD Software Programs
Computer aided Design
Industrial Materials and Processes
Manufacturing Methods
Physical Sciences

Employment Trends

Job Availability as of May 2008: 44,300
Projected Employment in 2018: 48,400
Average Annual Salary for commercial designers in U.S. in 2008: $57,350

Top Colleges

Walden University
International Academy of Design and Technology
Westwood College
ITT Technical Institute
American InterContinental University

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Article Reference: Bureau of Labor Statistics


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