Industrial designers produce designs, models and prototypes for commercial, medical and industrial products. Work can involve developing new products or improving the design of existing products.

Where industrial designers are employed

Most industrial designers work for manufacturing firms. They also work for private consultancies and government departments.


Full-time industrial designers in South Australia generally earn between $1,000 and $1,249 per week.

Graph of pay scales for Industrial Designers

Job prospects

There are a range of opportunities in product design including one-off commissions, small-scale production and industrial production. There are also opportunities to establish designer/maker practices specialising in disciplines like art and furniture. Work is mostly concentrated in the manufacturing sector in Sydney and Melbourne.

In 2011 there were 121 people employed full-time as industrial designers in South Australia compared with 154 in 2006.

How to become one

Usually you need a degree in design specialising in industrial design or product design engineering. At school consider English, maths, physics, design and technology, business studies, visual arts, and visual communication and design.

For information on course admission requirements and how to apply to the universities and TAFE in South Australia visit the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC).

Check South Australian Universities at The University of Adelaide, Flinders University and University of South Australia.

For information about Australian universities visit Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT).

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