Commercial and Industrial Designers

risk level
Based on 148 votes
by 2031
or $36.49 hourly
as of 2022

Automation risk

30% (Low Risk)

Low Risk (21-40%): Jobs in this level have a limited risk of automation, as they demand a mix of technical and human-centric skills.

More information on what this score is, and how it is calculated is available here.

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Originality

  • Persuasion

  • Social Perceptiveness

User poll

29% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted that there is a small chance this occupation will be replaced. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 30% chance of automation.

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Slow growth relative to other professions.

The number of 'Commercial and Industrial Designers' job openings is expected to rise 3.2% by 2031

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031.
Updated projections are due Sep 2023.


High paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Commercial and Industrial Designers' was $75,910, or $36.49 per hour

'Commercial and Industrial Designers' were paid 63.9% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Lower range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 30,450 people employed as Commercial and Industrial Designers within the United States.

This represents around 0.02% of the employed workforce across the country.

Put another way, around 1 in 4 thousand people are employed as Commercial and Industrial Designers.

Job description

Design and develop manufactured products, such as cars, home appliances, and children's toys. Combine artistic talent with research on product use, marketing, and materials to create the most functional and appealing product design.

SOC Code: 27-1021.00


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Nitin (Could go either way) says
Industrial design is both about beauty and function. We have tools already that could simulate and rank the functional efficiencies. Data science could play a role in outlining the patterns of large-scale users' likings, which individual designers might not be able to do.
Jun 11, 2021 at 10:48 PM
Oscar Os says
En ingles o español creo que no se entiende que es una profesión que tiene muchos factores que difícilmente se pueden generar algoritmos, el arte a mi parecer es la ultima línea de los algoritmos, el diseño industrial contempla Ciencias y artes. Tan lógico como que cualquiera puede tener una propuesta a muchos requerimientos en la industria.

In English or Spanish I think it is not understood that it is a profession that has many factors that it is difficult to generate algorithms, art in my opinion is the last line of algorithms, industrial design contemplates Sciences and arts. As logical as that anyone can have a proposal to many requirements in the industry.
Nov 05, 2020 at 08:31 PM
Raúl Palafox says
industrial design could be developed by robots till the algorithms decide how we should love
May 20, 2020 at 05:38 AM
Marco (No chance) says
Design is an art, it's subjective, there's no way a machine can replace this job.
Apr 27, 2020 at 03:56 PM
Omar says
What? I know that some of the young graphic designers and some students consider themselves artists but you should know that that isn't art. Some types of design use elements of art, but that doesn't make it art.
Mar 04, 2021 at 06:00 AM
the (Small chance) says
creation of original ideas is one of the few things that I see machines having a hard time doing
Mar 01, 2020 at 02:08 AM
Jon (Small chance) says
Industrial Designers could use robots or design them for automation
Dec 10, 2019 at 01:56 PM
Alex says
not in my home
Jun 24, 2020 at 05:48 PM

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