Industrial Designers

(NOC 2252)

in All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

Industrial designers develop and design a variety manufactured products like cars, home appliances, children's toys, computer equipment, and medical, office, or recreational equipment. They work for manufacturing industries and private design firms or they may be self-employed.

Job Outlook

Undetermined

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  • Estimate change in employment not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate openings due to growth and retirements not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

  • Estimate 705 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 2585 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. With a small percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are not expected to be a major contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Industrial Designers most commonly work full-time hours. Also, a fair portion of the workforce is self-employed, so having the option to "work for yourself" may appeal to some individuals’ interests/motivations.

The median employment income for 69% 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)

Hourly Pay

N/A

Minimum

N/A

Median

N/A

Maximum

Annual Pay

N/A

Minimum

$57,115

Median

N/A

Maximum

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

Hourly Pay

$18.00

Minimum

$37.80

Median

$48.46

Maximum

Annual Pay

$13,568

Minimum

$60,422

Median

$107,009

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Industrial designers develop and design a variety manufactured products like cars, home appliances, children's toys, computer equipment, and medical, office, or recreational equipment. They work for manufacturing industries and private design firms or they may be self-employed.

Job duties

Industrial designers:

  • Consult with client, engineers, or production specialists to confirm product requirements.
  • Analyze the intended use of product and user preferences.
  • Research 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

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. Movement is possible to other design roles. Creative ability, as demonstrated by a portfolio of work, is required.

By the numbers

Quick look

85

employed in 2016

100.0%

employed full-time

25.0%

self employed

37.5%
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62.5%
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37

median age

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

25,875

employed in 2016

91.5%

employed full-time

7.6%

self employed

20.0%
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80%
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42.8

median age

Where will I likely work?

58.8%

Halifax

17.6%

Cape Breton

11.8%

North Shore

11.8%

Annapolis Valley

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

50.0%

Professional, scientific and technical services

50.0%

Manufacturing

What is the age of Employment?

33.0%

35-44

28.0%

25-34

17.0%

45-54

11.0%

15-24

11.0%

65+

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

24.2%

25-34

23.5%

45-54

23.4%

35-44

16.4%

55-64

7.7%

15-24

Top levels of education

56.3%

Bachelor

$60,009 median annual income
25.0%

High school

N/A
12.5%

College Diploma

N/A
12.5%

Diploma Below Bachelor

N/A
12.5%

Diploma Above Bachelor

N/A

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

33.1%

College Diploma

$59,986 median annual income
29.8%

Bachelor

$63,965 median annual income
11.9%

High school

$45,835 median annual income
9.9%

Master

$65,105 median annual income
6.9%

Apprenticeship

$57,773 median annual income

Education & training

Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering

University Program

These programs prepare students 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.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

Graphic Design

College, Trades, or University Program

These programs prepare students to apply artistic and computer techniques to the interpretation of technical and commercial concepts. They 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.

Institutions providing this program

Centre for Distance Education

Sydney, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Ivany Campus

Dartmouth, NS

Mechanical Engineering

University Program

These programs prepare students 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.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

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