Learn about the types of people who become industrial designers. This page goes into detail about the employment, gender, and ethnic ratios of the workplace.


Employment Type Mix, 2024

68% of industrial designers work in full-time roles while 32% work part-time.


Gender Mix By Career Interest, 2024

This graph shows the distribution of females and males that are interested in becoming an industrial designer. Four or five star ratings on CareerExplorer indicate interest.

More men than women are interested in becoming industrial designers at a ratio of 2.17 to 1.


Actual Gender Mix, 2024

51% of industrial designers are female and 49% are male.


Gender Bias, 2024

This is one of the most compelling statistics we collect. Gender bias shows the difference between gender interest in being an industrial designer and the actual gender mix of people in the career.

If there is a significant difference, then it means there is a gender imbalance between those interested in becoming an industrial designer and those who end up becoming one.

In this case there are more men interested in becoming an industrial designer than those actually working as one. It is hard to pinpoint the exact reasons why, but there are likely various forces at play, from changing interests over time to societal norms and biases.


Ethnic Mix, 2019

The largest ethnic group of industrial designers are White, making up 46% of the population. The next highest segments are Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish and East Asian, making up 23% and 12% respectively.