Industrial Design Careers

Make a living AND make a difference.

As a graduate of the Industrial Design program, you’ll be prepared to enter the industry as a professional industrial designer working for a consultancy or corporate design studio. You’ll also be well-equipped to start your own business and launch your own product ideas.

The professional field of industrial design offers a wide range of opportunities to build skill proficiencies, subject matter depth and management skills. Your ability to balance creative and analytical thinking will make you well-suited for leadership roles.

Possible Careers

  • Industrial Designer (Independent Consultant)
  • Industrial Designer (Corporate Design Studio or Research & Development)
  • Industrial Designer (Start-Up Business)
  • Footwear Designer
  • Color Designer
  • Product Designer
  • Product Developer
  • Prototype or Model Maker
  • Research and Development
  • Design Research
  • Exhibit Designer
  • Packaging Designer

Where KCAD Industrial Design alumni work


Where KCAD Industrial Design alumni have attended graduate school

  • Ferris State University (Big Rapids, MI) - MBA
  • Domos Academy (Milan, Italy) – Master in Product Design
  • Southern California Institute of Architecture (Los Angeles, CA) – Master of Architecture
  • IIT Institute of Design (Chicago, IL) – Master of Design
  • Umeå Institute of Design (Umeå, Sweden) - Master of Fine Arts, Interaction Design
  • Cranbrook Academy of Art (Bloomfield Hills, MI) - Master of Fine Arts, 3D Design

Average Yearly Income

  • Industrial Designer - $59,000 national median, $64,000 Michigan median
  • Design Manager - $84,000 national median, $100,000 Michigan median

National income statistics source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics May 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

State income statistics source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates - Michigan

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