Today we learned from Lindsey Shirley, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist at Utah State University that they are responding to the demand for a trained workforce in outdoor product design and development by creating an innovative and industry-inspired degree program. Not only is the industry calling for a trained workforce, but the demand for new and innovative outdoor products continues to rise. According to the Outdoor Industry Association (2012), more than 140 million Americans make outdoor recreation a priority.
This fact is illustrated by the over $646 billion that was spent on outdoor products in 2012 (Outdoor Industry Association, 2012). Outdoor recreation is a growing and diverse economic super sector that is a vital cornerstone of successful communities that cannot be ignored (OIA, 2012).
Outdoor recreation is no longer a “nice to have”, but it is a “must have” that provides a strong outlook for employment opportunities for future graduates. A bachelors degree in outdoor product design and development connects students to industry leaders and has been developed with assistance from the world’s leading technical designers, world’s largest fabric manufacturer and heads of outdoor product companies.
A degree in Outdoor Product Design & Development from Utah State University is the first step to a high skill, high wage, high demand career opportunity. This program includes technical skills (throughout the process of clothing design, production, and manufacturing) and soft skills such as communication, problem solving and critical thinking.
For more information, visit http://www.outdoorproductdevelopment.org or download their flyer at: