Sample 1 - State of California

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Commercial and Industrial Designers
(SOC Code : 27-1021)
in California

Develop and design 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.

Employers are usually looking for candidates with a Bachelor's degree .

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Occupational Wages[Top]
AreaYearPeriodHourly MeanHourly by Percentile
25thMedian75th
California 20141st Qtr$33.56$22.41$31.30$42.18

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Occupational Projections of Employment (also called "Outlook" or "Demand")[Top]
 AreaEstimated Year-Projected YearEmploymentEmployment ChangeAnnual Avg Openings
EstimatedProjectedNumberPercent
California 2010 - 20204,0004,90090022.5210

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Industries Employing This Occupation (click on Industry Title to View Employers List)[Top]
Industry Title
Number of Employers in State of California
Percent of Total
Employment for Occupation in State of California
Specialized Design Services 11,66821.5%
Management of Companies and Enterprises 9623.0%
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 7,0892.6%
Scientific Research and Development Svc 6,1702.2%
Furniture & Furnishings Merchant Whsle 1,7131.9%
Aerospace Product & Parts Manufacturing 2951.7%
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 6881.2%
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing 3871.1%
Advertising and Related Services 11,6951.0%

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Training Programs (click on title for more information)[Top]
Program Title
Commercial and Advertising Art
Design and Visual Communications, General
Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician
Industrial and Product Design.

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Top Tasks (Specific duties and responsibilities of this job.)
Prepare sketches of ideas, detailed drawings, illustrations, artwork, or blueprints, using drafting instruments, paints and brushes, or computer-aided design equipment.
Confer with engineering, marketing, production, or sales departments, or with customers, to establish and evaluate design concepts for manufactured products.
Modify and refine designs, using working models, to conform with customer specifications, production limitations, or changes in design trends.
Direct and coordinate the fabrication of models or samples and the drafting of working drawings and specification sheets from sketches.
Evaluate feasibility of design ideas, based on factors such as appearance, safety, function, serviceability, budget, production costs/methods, and market characteristics.
Present designs and reports to customers or design committees for approval, and discuss need for modification.
Develop manufacturing procedures and monitor the manufacture of their designs in a factory to improve operations and product quality.
Investigate product characteristics such as the product`s safety and handling qualities, its market appeal, how efficiently it can be produced, and ways of distributing, using and maintaining it.
Research production specifications, costs, production materials and manufacturing methods, and provide cost estimates and itemized production requirements.
Participate in new product planning or market research, including studying the potential need for new products.

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Top Skills used in this Job
Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Operations Analysis - Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others` reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Top Abilities (Attributes of the person that influence performance in this job.)
Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

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Top Work Values (Aspects of this job that create satisfaction.)
Achievement - Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Relationships - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.

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Top Interests (The types of activities someone in this job would like.)
Artistic - Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
Enterprising - Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.

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