Interior Designers

Plan, design, and furnish interiors of residential, commercial, or industrial buildings. Formulate design which is practical, aesthetic, and conducive to intended purposes, such as raising productivity, selling merchandise, or improving life style. May specialize in a particular field, style, or phase of interior design.

Median Annual Wage: $48,400

Education: Bachelor's degree (78%); Associate's degree (22%)

Projected Growth: Average (8% to 14%)

Related Job Titles: Designer; Interior Designer; Interior Design Coordinator; Interior Design Consultant; Interior Design Director; Certified Kitchen Designer; Color and Materials Designer; Commercial Interior Designer; Decorating Consultant; Director of Interiors

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Interior Designers.

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  • Advise client on interior design factors such as space planning, layout and use of furnishings or equipment, and color coordination.
  • Coordinate with other professionals, such as contractors, architects, engineers, and plumbers, to ensure job success.
  • Review and detail shop drawings for construction plans.
  • Estimate material requirements and costs, and present design to client for approval.
  • Subcontract fabrication, installation, and arrangement of carpeting, fixtures, accessories, draperies, paint and wall coverings, art work, furniture, and related items.
  • Formulate environmental plan to be practical, esthetic, and conducive to intended purposes, such as raising productivity or selling merchandise.
  • Select or design, and purchase furnishings, art works, and accessories.
  • Render design ideas in form of paste-ups or drawings.
  • Use computer-aided drafting (CAD) and related software to produce construction documents.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Interior Designers.

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Operations Analysis - Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Interior Designers.

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