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Product designer

Product designers create new products and improve existing ones.

Annual Salary

£19,000 to £50,000

Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588 (source Office for Statistics)

Working hours

35 to 40

Future employment

There will be 2% more Product designer jobs in 2024.
In your local area

What's it all about?

You'll specialise in anything from electronics, domestic appliances and machinery to company services and web apps.

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • discussing what your client wants
  • investigating how existing products work or how services are used
  • developing ideas and making initial sketches or outline plans
  • deciding on suitable materials or resources
  • using computer design software to produce detailed blueprints
  • making samples or working models, known as prototypes
  • testing and refining designs

There are no set entry requirements but you'll usually need a foundation degree, HND or degree in engineering, design, product design or general industrial design with product design options.

£19,000 to £50,000

Starter salary: £19,000 to £25,000

Experienced salary: £30,000 to £40,000

These figures are a guide.

35 to 40

You'll usually work from 9am to 6pm, but may have to do longer hours to meet deadlines.

You'll usually be based in a studio or office, but you could also spend time in a workshop or factory.

With experience, you could progress to senior designer, then creative director.

You could also move into project management or design management.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • creative ideas and a logical approach 
  • the ability to express your ideas through drawings, 3D models and computer-aided design
  • the ability to plan and organise a project through several stages
  • the ability to work out costings and budgets
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