The Office of Career Services
Library Building, Room 429 & 430
222-05 56th Avenue
Bayside, NY 11364
Phone: (718) 631-6297
|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.S. Digital Art and Design
A.A.S. Internet and Information 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.|
|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.|
* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information please click here.
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.