Interior designers are creative, imaginative and artistic. They also need to be disciplined, organized and skilled business people. Combining knowledge with aesthetic vision, interior designers work with clients and other design professionals to develop design solutions that are safe, functional, attractive and meet the needs of the people using the space. An interior designer enhances the function, safety and aesthetics of interior spaces while taking into account how different colors, textures, furniture, lighting and space work together to meet occupants' or visitors' needs. He or she works with both private and public spaces including residences, shopping malls, schools, offices and hospitals.
Experience or education
College or university-level education is important preparation for a career in interior design. In many states and provinces, you cannot call yourself an interior designer unless you meet certain requirements that include a minimum number of years of education, experience and the completion of a minimum competency exam. Before choosing a school —and many options are available —you should consider first where you might be working and the kind of work that is most attractive to you.
Salary and Location
The median annual wage in United States for interior designers was $5,0116 in April 2015. The average salary for interior designer jobs in San Francisco, CA is $74,000. Average interior designer salaries can vary greatly due to company, location, industry, experience and benefits. And the average salary for interior designer jobs in New York is $65,000.
ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) is a community of people—designers, industry representatives, educators, and students—committed to interior design. Through education, knowledge sharing, advocacy, community building, and outreach, ASID strives to advance the interior design profession and, in the process, to demonstrate and celebrate the power of design to positively change people’s lives. Its more than 38,000 members engage in a variety of professional programs and activities through a network of 48 chapters throughout the United States and Canada. ASID membership also includes more than 12,000 students of interior design who participate via student chapters at colleges, universities, and design schools with two-year and four-year programs throughout the U.S. and a “virtual” chapter through Rhodec International.