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Career Opportunities With a Major in Industrial Design

An industrial designer creates new product shapes and styles or re-designs existing products, using new technologies, processes and materials. Industrial Designers are trained to analyze people's needs and desires, to match forms, functions, materials, processes and technologies to provide better product solutions. Designers first create and develop ideas and then transform those ideas into renderings, then mock-ups, then models, and finally prototypes. Designers are found in every type of manufacturing industry and are required to possess a variety of skills. The curriculum at MSU Denver develops students' art and technology skills to enhance their creativity. Equipped with a solid foundation in art and technology, graduates of this program are prepared to meet the challenges of this competitive industry.

Skills Related to Industrial Design

  • Good oral and written communication and teamwork skills

  • Ability to handle stress of deadlines

  • Ability to judge quality and perform work demanding creativity

  • Ability to synthesize data

  • Ability to do precise work with instruments or equipment

  • Good presentation skills

  • Ability to organize, analyze and create renderings

  • Knowledge of technical industries' practices and trends

Potential Careers Related to Industrial Design

The following list is a representative sample of job titles for individuals with an Industrial Design major. The list represents some, but certainly not all, careers which Industrial Design majors may consider.

Some of these jobs also require education beyond a bachelor's degree.

Automotive Design Designer Drafter
Industrial Arts Teacher - Postsecondary Manager Manufacturer
Product Design    


Employers in Industrial Design

  • Ad Agencies

  • Aerospace Industries

  • Amusement Parks

  • Architectural Firms

  • Audio/Visual Firms

  • Automotive Corporations

  • Department Stores

  • Display Producers

  • Furniture Companies

  • Government Agencies

  • Graphic Design Companies

  • Industrial Design Firms

  • Industrial Exhibit Firms

  • Interior Product Companies

  • Media - Newspapers, Magazines, Journals

  • Model Makers

  • Movie Producers

  • Private Clients - Freelance

  • Product-Oriented Corporations

  • School Districts

  • Store Planning Firms

  • Theatres / Production Companies

  • Toy Manufacturers.

Professional Organizations in This Field

Websites Related to Industrial Design


The above information is collected from alumni surveys of numerous colleges, professional associations, and multiple print and online resources.

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