Interior Designers

By Isabella Erestain

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What Is an Interior Designer?

Interior designers transform a space to make it practical, safe, and attractive by analyzing floor plans and choosing various decorative items.

Important Qualities of an Interior Designer

  • Artistic ability
  • Detail oriented
  • Creativity
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Visualization
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What Do Designers Do?

  • Determine what a clients wants and needs for a space.
  • Understand how the space will be used and how people will move around.
  • Sketch design [plans.
  • Choose materials, furnishings, etc.
  • Oversee construction and work with the contractors.

Types of Interior Designers

  1. Healthcare designers design/renovate doctor's offices, clinics, hospitals,etc.
  2. Sustainable designers create energy and water efficient spaces using Eco-friendly products and concepts.
  3. Universal designers create spaces that are easily accessible to anyone, especially the elderly and those with special needs.
  4. Corporate designers design small workplaces or large corporate offices.

Work Setting

Architectural, engineering, and other related services industry.

Salary

$48,840 annually or $23.48 per hour

Job Outlook

4% (slower than average)

Education, Certification, & Experience Required

  • Bachelor's degree in interior design
  • Pass the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) exam
  • Have at least 2 years of experience
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The National Council for Interior Design Qualification recognizes expert interior designers and represents their eligibility.

MAJOR DESIGN ASSOCIATIONS

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF INTERIOR DESIGNERS

  • Promotes the value of interior design
  • Provides knowledge and experience
  • Helps a designer to advance and excel
  • Designers can take advantage of products, services, programs, and opportunities

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INTERIOR DESIGN SOCIETY

  • Being a member of this society provides recognition and shows that you're qualified.
  • Education is available
  • Members receive discounts on many products

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