How to become a Industrial Designer

Industrial designers create and produce designs for commercial, medical and industrial products. They also make models and prototypes of these designs for mass production. The products that industrial designers create cover a wide range of manufactured goods, from toys and toasters to furniture and heavy machinery. Some work is carried out on the development of new products. Other work is related to updating and improving the design of existing products.

Personal requirements of a Industrial Designer

  • Aptitude for problem-solving
  • Patient
  • Creative and practical
  • Aptitude for technical activities
  • Good communication skills

Education & Training for a Industrial Designer

To become an industrial designer you usually have to complete a degree in design, engineering or industrial design at university. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English, mathematics and physics are normally required. Applicants may also be required to submit a portfolio of work, sit a test and/or attend an interview. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For further details, visit www.gooduniversitiesguide.com.au.

Avg. weekly wage:

$1,033

Future growth:

strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 0.4%

NSW 35.4%

NT 0.4%

QLD 9.9%

SA 2.4%

TAS 0.6%

VIC 40.9%

WA 9.9%

Hours worked:

40

Unemployment:

below average

Gender split:

Male 46.4%

Female 53.7%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 0%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 0%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 0%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 33.3%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 66.7%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 0%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 52.8%

Above 35 years: 47.3%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.




Additional Information
After gaining some industry experience, graduates may qualify for full membership of the Design Institute of Australia. Student, graduate or associate membership may also be available prior to meeting the requirements for full membership. Graduates may also be eligible for membership of Engineers Australia. Visit their websites for more details.
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