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Industrial designers

OaSIS code 22211.00

Industrial designers conceptualize and produce designs for manufactured products.


Also known as

  • Furniture designer
  • Industrial design consultant
  • Industrial designer
  • Industrial products designer
  • Product designer

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Consult with client, engineers or production specialists to establish product requirements
  • Analyze the intended use of product and user preferences
  • Conduct research into cost, properties of production materials and methods of production
  • Develop manual and computer-assisted design (CAD) concepts, sketches or models for approval
  • Prepare manufacturing drawings, specifications and guidelines for production and construct prototype of design
  • Consult with engineers and production staff during manufacturing stage.

Additional information

  • There is mobility between positions in this unit group.
  • Mobility is possible to other design occupations.

Similar occupations classified elsewhere


  • Architectural technologists and technicians (22210)
  • Drafting technologists and technicians (22212)
  • Civil engineering technologists and technicians (22300)
  • Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians (22301)
  • Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians (22310)
  • Graphic designers and illustrators (52120)
  • Interior designers and interior decorators (52121)
  • Theatre, fashion, exhibit and other creative designers (53123)
  • Engineering design and drafting technologist (in 22212.01 Drafting technologists)
  • Mechanical engineering equipment designer (in 22301.01 Mechanical engineering technologists)
  • Civil engineering design technologist (in 22300.01 Civil engineering technologists)
  • Electrical and electronics design technologist (in 22310.01 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists)

NOC hierarchy breakdown

NOC version

NOC 2021 Version 1.0

Broad occupational category

2 – Natural and applied sciences and related occupations


2 – Occupations usually require a college diploma or apprenticeship training of two or more years; or supervisory occupations

Major group

22 – Technical occupations related to natural and applied sciences

Sub-major group

222 – Technical occupations related to applied sciences (except engineering)

Minor group

2221 – Technical occupations in architecture, drafting, surveying, geomatics and meteorology

Unit group

22211 – Industrial designers

Occupational profile

22211.00 – Industrial designers

Work characteristics

Work characteristics gathers the various components describing the work environment of each occupation, such as employers, work activities, and the work context. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of complexity (for Work Activities) or other measurement dimensions (for Work Context), and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Work Activities

Proficiency or complexity level
Thinking Creatively
5 - Highest Level
Applying New Knowledge
4 - High Level
Developing Technical Instructions
4 - High Level
Interacting with Computers
4 - High Level
Analyzing Data or Information
3 - Moderate Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
3 - Moderate amount of freedom
Work Week Duration
Worked hours in a typical week
2 - Between 35 to 40 hours

Physical Work Environment

Physical Proximity
Physical distance from others
3 - Somewhat close (e.g. share office)

Physical Demands

4 - More than half the time
2 - Less than half the time
Bending or Twisting the Body
1 - Very little time

Interpersonal Relations

Contact with Others
4 - Every day, a few times per day
3 - About half the time
Work with Work Group or Team
4 - Highly important
3 - Once a week or more but not every day


  • Manufacturing industries
  • Private design firms
  • Self-employed

Skills and abilities

This section displays the various competencies required for an occupation. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of proficiency (for Skills and Abilities) or importance (for Personal Attributes) and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.


Proficiency or complexity level
Deductive Reasoning
5 - Highest Level
Fluency of Ideas
5 - Highest Level
Spatial Visualization
5 - Highest Level
Categorization Flexibility
4 - High Level
Colour Perception
4 - High Level


Proficiency or complexity level
Product Design
5 - Highest Level
Digital Literacy
4 - High Level
4 - High Level
Oral Communication: Active Listening
4 - High Level
Oral Communication: Oral Expression
4 - High Level

Personal Attributes

Attention to Detail
5 - Extremely important
5 - Extremely important
5 - Extremely important
4 - Highly important
Analytical Thinking
4 - Highly important