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Consider Industrial Design as a Career

Did you grow up wanting to design cars, toys, and products of the future? Are you someone with a curiosity for life but also the need to create things? Well, buckle up and get behind a career that drives innovation, builds business success, and leads to a better quality of life. Of course, we’re talking about industrial designers.

Calculator Olivetti Divisumma 24 designed in 1956 by Marcello Nizzoli


Industrial designers make such a significant impact on culture and daily life that their work is often documented by historians. According to the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), Industrial Design is the professional practice of designing products, devices, objects, and services used by millions of people worldwide every day.


  1. Earn a bachelor’s degree – Check out the list we organized below for some great school recommendations.
  2. Brush up on software skills – Software skills are important to an industrial designer so be sure to gain knowledge in programs such as Rhino, SOLIDWORKS, Adobe, Creo, and more…
  3. Organize a portfolio – When putting together your portfolio be sure to focus on quality over quantity.
  4. Prepare a resume
  5. Gain some professional experience
  6. Network, network, network

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Want to brush up on your software skills? Check out some of our classes geared toward industrial designers.

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