Product designer Industrial designer, 3D designer, prototype designer
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Product designers create new products and improve existing ones.
1. Entry requirements
There are no set entry requirements but you'll usually need a foundation degree, HND or degree in engineering, design, product design or general industrial design with product design options.
2. Skills required
- creative ideas and a logical approach
- the ability to express your ideas through drawings, 3D models and computer-aided design
- the ability to plan and organise a project through several stages
- the ability to work out costings and budgets
3. What you'll do
You'll specialise in anything from electronics, domestic appliances and machinery to company services and web apps.
Your day-to-day duties could include:
- discussing what your client wants
- investigating how existing products work or how services are used
- developing ideas and making initial sketches or outline plans
- deciding on suitable materials or resources
- using computer design software to produce detailed blueprints
- making samples or working models, known as prototypes
- testing and refining designs
Starter: £19,000 to £25,000
Experienced: £30,000 to £40,000
Highly Experienced: £50,000 or more
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environment
You'll usually work from 9am to 6pm, but may have to do longer hours to meet deadlines.
You'll usually be based in a studio or office, but you could also spend time in a workshop or factory.
6. Career path and progression
With experience, you could progress to senior designer, then creative director.
You could also move into project management or design management.
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Last updated: 10 September 2018