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Industrial designers conceptualize and produce designs for a wide variety of products and systems (for example, furniture, electronics, appliances, tools, automobiles, sporting goods, architectural details, signage) (alis). Industrial designers conceptualize and produce designs for manufactured products. They are employed by manufacturing industries and private design firms or they may be self-employed. (National Occupational Classification).
Find detailed information about the occupation, including typical duties and working conditions, in the links below:
- National Occupational Classification (NOC) - Canadian occupational descriptions
- O*NET Online - U.S. resource for occupational descriptions and information
- OCCinfo by alis - Alberta-based occupational information
- A Day in the life of a Product Designer - The Princeton Review
- Sokanu: Industrial Designer - occupational info and videos
- Industrial Designer career profile - Environmental Careers Organization (ECO) Canada
- What you need to find employment in Industrial Design? - Association of Canadian Industrial Designers
- UM Today profile: The Evolution of Thom - U of M alumnus and furniture designer
The University of Manitoba does not offer a program in Industrial Design. Related programs that are offered include Engineering or Environmental Design. To learn about these programs visit the University of Manitoba Academic Calendar & Course Catalogue and to determine which degree path suits your unique occupational goals, speak with a Career Consultant. For support with course registration and academic issues, speak with an Academic Advisor.
Exploring Other Education Options
- Schools in Canada - Association of Canadian Industrial Designers
- Industrial Design schools - directory from ISDA
- Accredited U.S Schools - National Association of Schools of Art and Design
Labour market information
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- Trend Analysis: Job Market Report (Winnipeg region) - Gov. of Canada Job Bank
- Occupational Outlook Handbook - Job outlook for the U.S.
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- Association of Canadian Industrial Designers
- Canadian and International organizations
- Industrial Designers Society of America (U.S)
- Women in Design
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