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Product Designer

Product Designer

Use creative thought, technical skills and methodical testing to create new products.

What's it like to be a Product Designer?

Product Designers visualise, design and create solutions to complex problems in the form of commercial or consumer products. They develop new and existing ideas from the initial concept stage through prototyping and finally to production, as well as optimising the design of existing products in order to make them more aesthetically pleasing, more user friendly, or in order to produce them more efficiently or at lower cost.

Tasks and duties

  • Determining the objectives and constraints of the design brief by consulting with clients and stakeholders.
  • Undertaking product research and analysing functional, commercial, cultural and aesthetic requirements.
  • Formulating design concepts for material goods, as well as commercial and industrial products.
  • Preparing sketches, diagrams, illustrations, plans, samples and models to illustrate design concepts.
  • Analysing and recommending materials and production methods.
  • Detailing and documenting the selected design for production.
  • Designing and commissioning prototypes and samples.
Product Designers use hand drawing, 3D models, and computer software to create their concepts, keeping in mind functional constraints such as production cost, scale and efficiency; usability; ergonomics; and marketability. They work in a wide range of industries where there is a demand for new products, including manufacturing, consumer goods, software and technology services. Product Designers interact with computers daily, using a range of software and may work with tools such as CNC lathes, laser cutters and 3D printers during the creation of prototypes.

What can I earn as a Product Designer?

The most common salary  for a Product Designer is between $100k and $120k
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How to become a Product Designer

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While there are no formal prerequisites for becoming a Product Designer, a qualification in the field of Design may be advantageous. Around three quarters of workers have a university degree.
  1. Complete a qualification in Product Design. This may be a Certificate IV in Design (CUA40715), or Bachelor degree majoring in Product Design.
  2. Develop a portfolio of work to show prospective employers. This can include work you’ve done on mock Product Design projects.
  3. et up a blog or a website to showcase your portfolio.

Explore product design qualifications

Get started as a Product Designer with a formal qualification in design.

Duration 18 wks - 1 yr
14 institutions offering this qualification
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What skills are employers looking for?

Employers want:

  • Design
  • Communication skills
  • Customer service
  • Css
  • Research skills

Shortlisted applicants:

  • Design
  • Web savviness
  • Interaction design
  • Graphic design
  • Research skills
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How do Product Designers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 3 Product Designers surveyed on SEEK

Latest reviews

4 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design)
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Product Design
The good things
Being a product designer gives a massive opportunity for creativity and a constant supply of challenges which give a real feeling of achievement. Every day is effectively different so there is very li...
The challenges
There are a lot of challenges being a designer. Stress levels can get pretty high to attempt to do things / find solutions that have not been done before. It's hard not to be too attached and to take ...
3 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Industrial Design
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Engineering
The good things
You get to use design programs such as CAD daily, you get hands on experience with testing products and watching them in action and you meet like minded people
The challenges
It’s difficult to find a job in PD, sometimes your tasks are monotonous, sometimes you have to make changes to designs you don’t necessarily agree with
5 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Design (Graphic Design)
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Product Design
The good things
I love that my job is different every day, and I get to do a wide variety of creative tasks from research, product concepts, to final graphic design, marketing, video editing and photography, as well ...
The challenges
The challenge is mainly around the need to be creative every day. Luckily I can manage this by having a backlog of more mechanical no-brainer tasks for those days when the juice just isn't flowing!
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What are the job opportunities for Product Designers?

Find out how the job market is trending

Job opportunities

Product Designer jobs on SEEK
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Projected job growth

National increase over next 5 years
0%
2018
2023
Source: LMIP. Fashion, Industrial and Jewellery Designers
Latest Product Designer jobs on SEEK
Electrolux Home Products
Sydney > CBD, Inner West & Eastern Suburbs
Creatively design and develop future products, accessories, experiences & services, from initial concept to execution
SustainDigital
Sydney > CBD, Inner West & Eastern Suburbs
An opportunity to grow a design team and work end-to-end on high impact product
Sea to Summit
Perth > CBD, Inner & Western Suburbs
Sea to Summit is looking for an experienced, talented and highly motivated Senior Product Designer to join the Product Design team in Perth.
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Talent Streams
Sydney > CBD, Inner West & Eastern Suburbs
Join a well funded startup disrupting for 1st time in 40 yrs the Life Insurance sector. Mixture of design work from UI design to marketing collateral.
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