Industrial design is an exciting and rapidly evolving profession. Products can be tangible, three-dimensional manufactured objects like consumer products, furniture, packaging, medical and sports equipment or they can be systems, services and interfaces. Many products are solutions to real-life problems. The Industrial Design major helps you develop key research, critical and creative thinking, design thinking, ideation, and prototyping and communication skills.
Ethical practices, along with environmental and social responsibility underpin all aspects of the Industrial Design program. Employment of industrial designers is projected to grow 5 percent from 2016 to 2026 , about as fast as the average for all occupations. Consumer demand for innovative products and new product styles should sustain the demand for industrial designers.
Employment of industrial designers is likely to continue to grow in areas that require a high degree of technical ability and design sophistication. Products in these areas require detailed user specifications to be incorporated into the design process in order to meet consumer expectations and ensure the efficient and enjoyable use of the product.
Jobs where your degree would be useful include: