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Toy Designer

Overview: Develop and design manufactured children's toys. Combine artistic talent with research on product use, marketing, and materials to create the most functional and appealing product design.
Duties: •Prepare sketches of ideas, detailed drawings, illustrations, artwork, or blueprints, using drafting instruments, paints and brushes, or computer-aided design equipment. •Confer with engineering, marketing, production, or sales departments, or with customers, to establish and evaluate design concepts for manufactured products. •Modify and refine designs, using working models, to conform with customer specifications, production limitations, or changes in design trends. •Direct and coordinate the fabrication of models or samples and the drafting of working drawings and specification sheets from sketches. •Evaluate feasibility of design ideas, based on factors such as appearance, safety, function, serviceability, budget, production costs/methods, and market characteristics. •Present designs and reports to customers or design committees for approval, and discuss need for modification. •Investigate product characteristics such as the product's safety and handling qualities, its market appeal, how efficiently it can be produced, and ways of distributing, using and maintaining it. •Develop manufacturing procedures and monitor the manufacture of their designs in a factory to improve operations and product quality. •Research production specifications, costs, production materials and manufacturing methods, and provide cost estimates and itemized production requirements. •Participate in new product planning or market research, including studying the potential need for new products.
Degree(s): A.A.S. Digital Art and Design 
A.A.S. Internet Technology 
Job Outlook: Employment of toy designers will grow as fast as average through 2018 arising from an increase in consumer and business demand for new or upgraded products and those that are easy, comfortable to use, and safe.
Green: Green Career
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.
Additional Training/Education: Generally this career requires a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not. A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed. Employees in this occupation usually needs several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Analyzing requirements for a new product or service and creating a design to satisfy those needs.
  • Painting, drawing, crafting, sculpting and creative designing.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Being able to express creative ideas through the arts.
  • Create new ideas, programs, things, or anything else not previously developed by another person.
  • Being able to decide on how to get something done without significant direction from someone else.
  • Doing something where you can physically see the results of your work.
 

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.