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LIGHT DEVELOPER/DISTRIBUTOR: Career Journey From An Economist To A Light Builder

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Gary talks about his job building and distributing lights. In college he studied computer science and economics, but his fascination for taking apart lights and putting them back together inspired him to focus on this passion full-time. His advise: be adventurous and willing to go out into the world and get your hands dirty.

Degree: Computer Science - Economics
Job Title: Light Developer/Distributor

Job Summary: Commercial and Industrial Designers

Job Description

Industrial designers develop the concepts for manufactured products, such as cars, home appliances, and toys. They combine art, business, and engineering to make products that people use every day.

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Additional Info

An increasing number of designers are also getting a Master of Business Administration (MBA) to gain business skills.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
$35,000 - $95,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
5 to 15 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Office
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Creativity, Problem solving skills, Technical skills, People skills, Detail oriented

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