Traditionally, the job prospects for designers have been closely linked to the overall economic situation. In times of economic growth, graduates were offered jobs even before they had completed the IDE programme.
In a declining economy, it can take longer for graduates to find suitable employment. However, the enormous potential of current new developments (such as smart products, smart environments and portable products) means that new industrial designers are likely to be in great demand. Both government and industry are increasingly convinced that innovation and smart design will play a very important role in the future of our society. The fact that Industrial Design is widening its scope to include services, product-service combinations, the design of environments, the management of product development and brand design also means that this field could soon become less dependent on the state of the economy. In the long run, the influence of design on society looks set to increase, boosting demand for highly educated professionals in this field.
IDE graduates go on to fulfil a range of jobs: industrial designer, product designer, product engineer, design engineer, design manager, product manager, interaction designer, researcher, usability consultant, design-centred researcher, strategic designer, brand manager, new product development project leader, innovation consultant and design-brand consultant.