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Product designer Industrial designer, 3D designer, prototype designer

Product designers create new products and improve existing ones.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £19,000 to £50,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 35 to 40 per week

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

You'll need:

  • 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

4. Salary

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: 11 April 2017