Industrial designers (NOC 2252)

About this job

Industrial designers:

  • conceptualize and produce designs for manufactured products
  • work for manufacturing industries, private design firms or they may be self-employed
Common job titles
  • consultant, industrial design
  • designer, business products
  • designer, consumer products
  • designer, container
  • designer, ergonomic products
  • designer, fixture


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
  • carry out 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

Work environment

Work in this occupation is typically performed in a structured environment, such as an office.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

There is mobility between positions in this unit group and other design occupations.

Additional resources