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Industrial Designers

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NOC:2252
Occupation:Industrial Designers
Category:Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

About the job

Nature of work:

Industrial designers develop and design countless manufactured products such as cars, home appliances, children's toys, computer equipment, and medical, office, or recreational equipment. They are employed by manufacturing industries and private design firms or they may be self-employed.

Job duties:
Industrial designers perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Consult with client, engineers or production specialists to establish product requirements.
  • Analyze the intended use of product and user preferences.
  • Conduct research into cost, properties of production materials and methods of production.
  • Prepare design concepts, sketches or models for approval.
  • Prepare manufacturing drawings, specifications and guidelines for production and construct prototype of design.
  • Consult with engineers and production staff during manufacturing stage.
Sample job titles:
  • business products designer
  • consumer products designer
  • container designer
  • ergonomic products designer
  • fixture designer
  • furniture designer
  • industrial design consultant
  • industrial designer
  • product designer
  • toy designer - industrial design
Skills:

To work in this field, you should be creative, imaginative, and artistic. You must be able to communicate ideas both visually and verbally. You must be able to work well with people and be open to new ideas and influences. Computer skills, especially familiarity with computer-aided design (CAD), are an asset.

Job requirements:
  • A university degree in industrial design, architecture, engineering or a college diploma in industrial design is required.
Other considerations:

The rate at which new manufacturing technology is adopted will affect the number of job openings in these jobs. There is mobility between positions in this group. Mobility is possible to other design occupations. Creative ability, as demonstrated by a portfolio of work, is required.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Undetermined

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Industrial Designers most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically permanent positions.

The median employment income for 53% of Industrial Designers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $72,287. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2018Estimated change in employment between 2017 and 2019Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019Estimated rate of unemployment in 2018 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2015
Industrial Designers55xxx
Minimum:  N/A
Median:  N/A
Maximum:  N/A
Minimum:  N/A
Median: $57,115
Maximum:  N/A
Occupations in Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology25,875Strong growth3,095Low
Minimum: $17.69
Median: $31.35
Maximum: $47.18
Minimum: $13,568
Median: $60,422
Maximum: $107,009
Industrial DesignersCompared to: Occupations in Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology
Percent employed full-time87%94%
Percent self-employed10%7%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentIndustrial DesignersCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
SouthernN/Ax12%$30,581
Northern12%x16%$33,660
Cape Breton18%x13%$32,974
Halifax59%x47%$41,209
Annapolis Valley12%x13%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeIndustrial DesignersCompared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology
% Employed% Employed
15-24N/Ax
25-3450%14%
35-44N/A33%
45-5450%32%
55-6450%18%
65+N/A4%
Median Age3743
GenderIndustrial DesignersCompared to: Occupations in Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology
% Employed% Employed
Female29%20%
Male71%80%
EducationIndustrial DesignersCompared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high schoolxx0.7%$28,107
High school20.0%x12.1%$35,125
Trades certificatexx6.8%$54,923
College certificate or diploma13.3%$37,94533.7%$52,476
University certificate or diplomaxx3.7%$52,446
Bachelor's degree53.3%x29.7%$58,011
University advanced certificate or diplomaxx2.0%$54,917
Master's degreexx9.7%$37,706
Doctoratexx1.7%$65,565
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometryxx0.1%$57,566
Total100%100%
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.

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Employment Requirements & Contacts

Regulations:
No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile
Useful contacts:
Design Exchange
234 Bay Street
Toronto, ON M5K 1B2
Tel: (416) 363-6121
Fax: (416) 368-0684
info@dx.org

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Environmental/environmental health engineering
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to apply mathematical and scientific principles to the design, development and operational evaluation of systems for controlling contained living environments and for monitoring and controlling factors in the external natural environment, including pollution control, waste and hazardous material disposal, health and safety protection, conservation, life support, and requirements for protection of special materials and related work environments.
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Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
Cape Breton University
PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6L2
(888) 959-9995
registrar@cbu.ca
Program Name:Graphic design
Education Level:This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to apply artistic and computer techniques to the interpretation of technical and commercial concepts. These programs include courses in computer-assisted art and design, printmaking, concepts sketching, technical drawing, colour theory, imaging, studio technique, still and life modelling, communication skills and commercial art business operations.
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Centre for Distance Education
222 George Street, Suite C
Sydney, NS B1P 1J3
(866) 446-5898
info@cd-ed.com
DaVinci College of Art and Design NS Ltd.
1577 Barrington Street
Halifax, NS B3J 1Z7
(902) 429-1847
Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus
50 Elliott Road
Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0
(902) 825-3491
avc.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Waterfront Campus & Aviation Institute
80 Mawiomi Place
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5
(902) 491-1100
waterfront.info@nscc.ca
Program Name:Industrial design
Education Level:This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program in the applied visual arts that prepares individuals to use artistic techniques to effectively communicate ideas and information to business and consumer audiences via the creation of effective forms, shapes, and packaging for manufactured products. These programs include courses in designing in a wide variety of plastic and digital media, prototype construction, design development and refinement, principles of cost saving, and product structure and performance criteria relevant to aesthetic design parameters.
There are no schools in Nova Scotia offering this program.
Program Name:Mechanical engineering
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to apply mathematical and scientific principles to the design, development and operational evaluation of physical systems used in manufacturing and end-product systems used for specific uses, including machine tools, jigs and other manufacturing equipment; stationary power units and appliances; engines; self-propelled vehicles; housings and containers; hydraulic and electric systems for controlling movement; and the integration of computers and remote control with operating systems.
See all institutions providing this program+
Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
Cape Breton University
PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6L2
(888) 959-9995
registrar@cbu.ca
Additional resources:

There are no additional resources for this occupation.