Industrial Designers plan, design, develop and document industrial, commercial or consumer products for manufacture with particular emphasis on ergonomic (human) factors, marketing considerations and manufacturability, and prepare designs and specifications of products for mass or batch production.

Specialisations: Ceramic Designer, Furniture Designer, Glass Designer, Textile Designer.

You usually need a bachelor degree in industrial design, engineering or product design to work as an Industrial Designer. Training is also available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

Tasks

  • Determines the objectives and constraints of the design brief by consulting with clients and stakeholders.
  • Undertakes product research and analyses functional, commercial, cultural and aesthetic requirements.
  • Formulates design concepts for industrial, commercial and consumer products.
  • Prepares sketches, diagrams, illustrations, plans, samples and models to communicate design concepts.
  • Negotiates design solutions with clients, management, sales and manufacturing staff.
  • Selects, specifies and recommends functional and aesthetic materials, production methods and finishes for manufacture.
  • Details and documents the selected design for production.
  • Prepares and commissions prototypes and samples.
  • Supervises the preparation of patterns, programmes and tooling, and the manufacture process.

More about Fashion, Industrial and Jewellery Designers

All Fashion, Industrial and Jewellery Designers

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Industrial Designers

  • 3,400 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 80% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 36 years Average age
  • 35% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Industrial Designers (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
from 2,900 in 2011 to 3,400 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Many Industrial Designers work in Victoria.
  • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Retail Trade.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (80%, higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 44 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 36 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 35% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Manufacturing37.0
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services31.9
Retail Trade9.5
Wholesale Trade7.9
Other Industries13.7

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateIndustrial DesignersAll Jobs Average
NSW33.831.6
VIC41.825.6
QLD12.120.0
SA4.57.0
WA5.910.8
TAS0.92.0
NT0.11.0
ACT0.71.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketIndustrial DesignersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.2-5.05.0
20-247.9-9.39.3
25-3436.9-22.922.9
35-4427.9-22.022.0
45-5416.2-21.621.6
55-595.4-9.09.0
60-642.6-6.06.0
65 and Over2.9-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationIndustrial DesignersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate9.6-10.110.1
Bachelor degree54.5-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma14.8-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV8.3-21.121.1
Year 1210.3-18.118.1
Year 110.9-4.84.8
Year 10 and below1.6-12.512.5

You usually need a bachelor degree in industrial design, engineering or product design to work as an Industrial Designer. Training is also available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Textiles, Clothing & Footwear and Metal and Engineering VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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Employers look for Fashion, Industrial and Jewellery Designers who are creative, can self-manage and are motivated.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Technical design

    86% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  2. Engineering and technology

    73% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  3. Mechanical

    68% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  4. Computers and electronics

    58% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  5. Production and processing

    58% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Electronic mail

    100% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  2. Face-to-face discussions

    96% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  3. Telephone

    95% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  4. Indoors, heat controlled

    91% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  5. Contact with people

    87% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 27-1021.00 - Commercial and Industrial Designers.

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