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how many hours do industrial designers work

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Brett’s Answer

The answer depends on what kind of industrial design work you're doing though the basic answer is 40.
If you work at a big company or at a design consultancy, hours are pretty standard to other industries.
If your work as an independent contractor hours vary in function of how much work you get.. any where from 0 to 80 if you're working hard on multiple projects. Some big companies like Apple have a reputation for lots of hours (like 60) a week, but thats not just for ID, thats for all disciplines.

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Danielle’s Answer

It depends on your situation and the projects you are working on. At a company, you can expect to work the normal 40 hours a week. You need to balance your time in order to be effectively managing your schedule to stay on track.

With specific project deadlines, sometimes you can expect to work late in order to get things done. If you are working with manufacturing overseas, you may need to get information or technical packages out in order to meet sample deadlines. I have had to stay late in order to prepare materials for meetings or get visuals printed for business trips, but generally no more than 3 hours late. Generally, this type of working late will be occasional, but overall should balance out to 40 hours a week.

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This is a good question to ask employers to understand the company culture and organization better as well. If workers are consistently staying late, there may not be enough designers for the amount of work, or poor project planning going on.
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