What does a Footwear CAD Engineer do?
Footwear CAD Engineers utilize 3D digital modeling skills to contribute to the creation of accurate 3D footwear models. In addition, they prepare technical specs to send to a factory with all details filled out for the factory to design. Through their renders, they help reduce physical prototypes and samples. In addition, this sneaker job reduces calendar timelines to help a footwear company become more sustainable by enabling new business processes.
How much does this career make?
According to Glassdoor, Footwear Designers make a national average of $74,414 annually or $35.78 an hour in 2021. According to Comparably, Footwear 3D CAD Engineers make a national average of $82,575 annually or $39.70 an hour in 2021. Entry-level CAD designers make around $49,920 annually, with senior-level positions making $167,100 a year.
What impact does this career have towards the sneaker industry?
The biggest impact of this career is to provide the 3D modeling and development of new and existing designs for sneakers. They help begin the sneaker product process and planning.
What is the job outlook for a Footwear CAD Engineer?
The Footwear market is expected to show a volume growth of 4.0% in 2022. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), job growth in the fashion design industry (including CAD Engineers, Footwear) is projected to grow one percent during the 2018-2028 decade (www.bls.gov).
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