Product Design: Potential Careers | Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Product Design: Potential Careers

MCAD Career Development can help you find work and help employers find you. In addition to job listings, the staff is available to meet one-on-one with students and alumni to assist with career development. Services include assistance writing and editing resumes, cover letters, and other professional correspondences; career exploration and industry research; interviewing practice; networking strategies; and industry-specific practices.

Product Designer / Industrial Designer

Combines the knowledge of design, engineering, and manufacturing processes to create novel, functional products. Conducts tests to determine whether products meet necessary requirements and documents the results.

Design Consultant

Shares expertise with others by recommending ways to integrate form and function with new product designs.

Materials Researcher

Researches and studies the structures and chemical properties of various natural, synthetic, or composite materials, including metals, alloys, rubber, ceramics, semiconductors, polymers, and glass.

Furniture Designer

Creates furniture for everything from mass production to "art furniture." Often designs and produces custom furniture for individual residences, museums, specialty stores, and other businesses that have specific needs.

Lighting Designer

Designs specialized lighting for everything from theaters to retailers to homes.


Uses design and business skills to start a proprietary product line or business.