Industrial Designers

(NOC 2252)

in All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

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 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 Strong growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 3095 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2016

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)

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

$17.69

Minimum

$31.35

Median

$47.18

Maximum

Annual Pay

$13,568

Minimum

$60,422

Median

$107,009

Maximum

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.

By the numbers

Quick look

55

employed in 2016

86.7%

employed full-time

18.2%

self employed

29.4%
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70.6%
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37

median age

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

25,875

employed in 2016

93.6%

employed full-time

6.9%

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%

Northern

11.8%

Annapolis Valley

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

41.7%

Professional Business Services

25.0%

Other Industries

16.7%

Textiles, Furniture and Other Manufacturing

16.7%

Other Professional Services

What is the age of Employment?

50.0%

45-54

50.0%

25-34

50.0%

55-64

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

32.5%

35-44

32.0%

45-54

18.0%

55-64

13.5%

25-34

3.5%

65+

Top levels of education

53.3%

Bachelor's degree

N/A
20.0%

High school

N/A
13.3%

College certificate or diploma

$37,945 median annual income

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

33.7%

College certificate or diploma

$52,476 median annual income
29.7%

Bachelor's degree

$58,011 median annual income
12.1%

High school

$35,125 median annual income
9.7%

Master's degree

$37,706 median annual income
6.8%

Trades certificate

$54,923 median annual income

Education & training

Environmental/environmental health engineering

This program is typically offered at the university level.

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.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

Cape Breton University

PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6L2

(888) 959-9995

Graphic design

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

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.

Institutions providing this program

Centre for Distance Education

222 George Street, Suite C

Sydney, NS B1P 1J3

(866) 446-5898

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

Nova Scotia Community College - Waterfront Campus & Aviation Institute

80 Mawiomi Place

Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5

(902) 491-1100

Industrial design

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

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.

Mechanical engineering

This program is typically offered at the university level.

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.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

Cape Breton University

PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6L2

(888) 959-9995

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Design Exchange
234 Bay Street
Toronto, ON M5K 1B2
Tel: (416) 363-6121
Fax: (416) 368-0684

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Job postings

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