How to Become an Industrial Designer

What is an industrial designer?
An industrial designer is a professional who creates products that are both user-friendly and also aesthetically appealing to the general public. These designers must have both artistic and engineering insight when it comes to their creations. In their process, industrial designers must examine, and test their products a number of times to make sure it is optimal. In order to have a career in this profession, one will need to meet the educational requirements along with the technical and creative skills.
What are the educational requirements for an industrial designer?
To even get your foot in the door for this career, you must have the minimum of a bachelor’s degree in any one of these specializations: industrial design, engineering, or architecture (or any other field that is similar). Those who take these design programs will participate in such course as: sketching, manufacturing methods, computer-aided design and drafting (CADD), and also industrial materials and processes. However before you delve straight into a bachelor’s program for your industrial design career, you may be required to take some basic art and design courses to gain entry. For some schools, it will be necessary for you to submit your sketches and work to showcase your artistic ability so you can be accepted into the program.
It is also recommended for you to enroll in an internship during your undergraduate college career. This will provide you valuable experience and also help you to determine what specialty to choose. Most internships last for six months, but this should not deter you from enrolling in others that interest you as well.
In order to open more job opportunities, there are many aspiring industrial designers who will enroll in graduate school and earn a Master’s of Business Administration. While it’s not technically necessary, it is valuable to be business savvy in this field. In many cases, earning a master’s in business administration will give designers the business skills needed to help them understand how to fit their ideas and designer with a budget or cost limitation that the company has. Always remember the more knowledge about your field and all that it entails will be more beneficial for you.
What other requirements are needed to become an industrial designer?
A portfolio is extremely important in this field. Your portfolio will show the meat of your work, skills, and also experience. Most college programs will give you the opportunity to build a professional portfolio to get you started. You will collect examples of work from internships, class projects, and other miscellaneous opportunities you came across. Employers will look at your design skills and style to see if you fit what they are looking for so it’s best to keep your portfolio as up to date as possible. In your portfolio, you should also have a resume which has detailed description of all your past work experiences. If you are just starting out, you can even list voluntary work as an experience. Just make sure to keep your resume update as well.
Sources:
1. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/arts-and-design/industrial-designers.htm#tab-4
2. http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/27-1021.00

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