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Industrial Design Schools

As a professor or instructor of industrial design classes at one of the 64 accredited industrial design schools in the country, you play a influential role in shaping the future of this growing field. The trends in the industrial design academic community can be evaluated by looking at the statistics and graphs below, which includes industrial design training at the following levels:

  • Industrial Design Certificate
  • Associates degree in Industrial Design
  • Bachelors degree in Industrial Design
  • Masters degree in Industrial Design


Professional Trends

National Employment growth for Industrial design professionals

33,540 34,800 32,940 29,170 28,670
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Dark Yellow: Actual Values

In 2010, 28,670 industrial design professionals were working in the US. This number has shrunk by 15% over the course of the past 4 years.

This decline is faster than the growth for all careers between the years 2006 and 2010, which was 1%. Over the next 7 years, this trend is expected to contine.

National Salary percentiles for Industrial design professionals

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Industrial design professionals in the US earned a median salary of $58,230 per year in 2010. The median yearly salary for industrial design professionals in the US was 9% less than that for all professions, which was $68,155 per year.

National Median Salary Growth For Industrial Design

$54,560 $56,550 $57,350 $58,060 $58,230
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Salaries

Industrial design professionals' salaries have seen a 7% growth from the year 2006 to the year 2010.

Educational Trends

National Industrial Design Student enrollment growth by degree

47 37 30 13 22
1,201 1,264 1,395 1,377 1,432
0 0 0 0 0
85 115 113 149 166
4 7 8 2 12
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate's Degree in Industrial Design
  • Blue: Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Design
  • Red: Doctorates Degree in Industrial Design
  • Light blue: Master's Degree in Industrial Design
  • Grey: Certificate in Industrial Design

We are seeing a rapid change in the career outlook for industrial design professionals. However, the story on the educational front is quite different. In the year 2006 there were 1,337 students who graduated from industrial design degree programs across the country, while in the year 2010, there were 1,632 students graduating from industrial design schools.

This represents a 22% change in 4 years. This growth in the number of students graduating from industrial design courses is greater than the change nationally for students graduating from institutions for higher education in general, which has been a 12% growth from 2006 to 2010.

Industrial Design Programs offered Nationwide


It is interesting to note that as student graduation is up, the number of schools offering industrial design programs has decreased. In 2006 there were 58 industrial design schools across the nation, and in 2010, there were 64 schools.

Industrial Design Faculty Salaries

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