Commercial and Industrial Designers

risk level
Based on 162 votes
by year 2031
or $36.49 per hour
as of 2022

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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 there's a low chance this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 30% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Commercial and Industrial Designers will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


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 09-2023.


High paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Commercial and Industrial Designers' was $75,910, or $36 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 < 0.001% 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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Zhusepe (Moderate) says
Recent developments with AI show that it's fully feasible to automate product design.

Given a certain prompt and a starting image, an AI could create thousands of designs, each better than the last one.
Sep 05, 2022 at 11:02 AM
Alex (Low) says
Automation will streamline the process for industrial design. So, while companies might hire fewer designers to accomplish the same output of work, the work itself will never be completely automated. This is due to how fundamental the product is to the bottom line of a company's profit.

New CAD tools will optimize and speed up the development process. Consequently, companies will hire fewer employees and expect more from them. This could lead to worker burnout and exploitation becoming even more common, due to the limited staff.

Prospective employees, in addition to having exceptional artistic skills, will also be expected to have proficiency in programming.
Aug 30, 2022 at 09:49 PM
Nitin (Uncertain) 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 (Low) 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 (Low) 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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