Interior Designer

Being a Successful Interior Designer

Personally Qualities

To be a great interior designer, you must have an eye for material, creativity, and the ability to create a vision to result in a well designed room. Also, you need to be a good team player as well as have good communication skills and problem solving skills to have a swift and efficient process.

ON THE JOB

  • Determine exactly what the client wants to achieve in the space
  • Consider needed space and traffic patterns
  • Sketch design plans and create a project timeline
  • Place orders for materials and oversee the project budget and installations
  • Review the final product to ensure that it meets the requirements of the client

TYPES OF JOBS

  1. Healthcare Designer - Renovate healthcare facilities such as hospitals, residential homes, and clinics. Provide a space that is functional for doctors and staff as well as the patients.
  2. Green Designer - Create an environmentally friendly design
  3. Restaurant Designer - Design a space easy for the staff to travel in and that provides costumers with a positive dining experience.
  4. Kitchen Design - Create a kitchen that is functional, appealing, and meets your clients wishes.

POTENTIAL SALERY

The average salary for an interior designer is between $40,000 and $50,000. The salary often varies due to the population of the city. Highly experienced designers may make up to $80,000 per year.

WORK SETTING

The majority of interior designers work in an office space using software to virtually create the perfect design.

JOB OUTLOOK

  • 29% of firms are looking to hire
  • 12,642 design firms
  • 68,067 employed interior designers

VIRGINIA LICENSING

  • Certification - Pass the NCIDQ(National Council for Interior Design Qualification) examination
  • Education - Have a four year degree verified by the CIDA (Council for Interior Design Accreditation)
  • Experience - Have two years of monitored experience

INTERIOR DESIGN ASSOCIATIONS

International Interior Design Association - Exposes you to design styles around the world and informs of the importance of design.

American Society of Interior Designers - Enhances the positive effect of design on peoples' lives