What knowledge and skills are needed by Commercial and Industrial Designers?

Based on survey data, the skills and knowledge necessary for Commercial and Industrial Designers include the following:

  • Critical Thinking, 78% important. Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening, 78% important. Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension, 75% important. Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking, 75% important. Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Complex Problem Solving, 72% important. Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Judgment And Decision Making, 68% important. Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Operations Analysis, 68% important. Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
  • Active Learning, 62% important. Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Time Management, 62% important. Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Writing, 62% important. Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Social Perceptiveness, 62% important. Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Monitoring, 62% important. Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Technology Design, 60% important. Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
  • Systems Analysis, 60% important. Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
  • Coordination, 60% important. Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Instructing, 58% important. Teaching others how to do something.
  • Management Of Personnel Resources, 58% important. Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
  • Systems Evaluation, 58% important. Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
  • Persuasion, 58% important. Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
  • Quality Control Analysis, 55% important. Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Mathematics, 55% important. Using mathematics to solve problems.
  • Negotiation, 52% important. Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
  • Service Orientation, 50% important. Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Learning Strategies, 50% important. Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Science, 50% important. Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Operation Monitoring, 48% important. Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Management Of Financial Resources, 40% important. Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
  • Management Of Material Resources, 40% important. Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
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