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Engineering Design


The design engineer is distinguished from the designer/drafter by virtue of the fact that a design engineer sets the direction of the design effort. The design engineer usually leads the project, directing the designer/drafter as necessary. He/she works with industrial designers and marketing to develop the product concept and specifications and directs the design effort from that point. Products are usually designed with input from a number of sources such as manufacturing, purchasing, tool making and packaging engineering.

Careers

Architects
Wage: $70,320
10 Year Growth Rate: 17.7%
Self Employed: 20.3%
Unemployment Rate: 1.5%
Employed Part Time: 6.1%

Education Requirements:
Bachelor's degree
Commercial and Industrial Designers
Wage: $57,350
10 Year Growth Rate: 7.2%
Self Employed: 29.8%
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Employed Part Time: 16.7%

Education Requirements:
Bachelor's degree
Drafters
Wage: $44,490
10 Year Growth Rate: 6.1%
Self Employed: 5.0%
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Employed Part Time: 5.9%

Education Requirements:
Postsecondary vocational award