Commercial designers work in a variety of industries and design products which are both useful and pleasing to the eye. These designers work in fields involving furniture, electronics, automotive, and buildings, and it is always important that they stay up-to-date with developments in their fields to stay ahead of the competition.
Commercial designers may also improve products which are currently on the market in order to further satisfy customers and remedy their complaints; it may also be important to account for the ergonomic factor so that customers can use the products in a comfortable manner. Commercial designers should be able to sketch on paper and be familiar with 3D design software such as AutoCAD. They often work on teams with other commercial designers, marketers, and professionals in the field.
Most positions are full-time, though some jobs are on a per-project basis. Commercial designers generally work in an office environment to allow for easier collaboration, and some may work at home. A bachelor’s degree or higher is generally required for this position, though some employers will accept an associate’s degree with a concentration in drafting, engineering technology, or design. A portfolio proving skills related to the job may also be required for the position.