Interior Designers

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Also known as:
Certified Kitchen Designer, Furniture Arranger, Home Lighting Adviser, Interior Decorator, Interior Designer, Kitchen and Bath Designer, Kitchen Designer

ABOUT INTERIOR DESIGNER CAREERS
Video transcript

Have you ever walked into a business office and admires the dcor? Or visited a new restaurant and immediately felt like it was "your kind of place?" Interior designers are responsible for creating environments that people respond to on both an emotional and visual level.

Planning the space and furnishing the interiors of private homes, offices, restaurants, hospitals, hotels and theaters, interior designers must work within a client's tastes, needs and budget. This combination of guidelines can prove challenging and interior designers need o be persistent, imaginative and open to new ideas and influences, since what's "in fashion" is constantly changing.

By preparing drawings and specifications for interior construction, lighting, furnishings and finishes, interior designers communicate their vision for a space to workers who implement their ideas.

Some states require interior designers to be licensed. Most employers require an associate degree or higher in art or design. But to get ahead, expect to join a professional design association.

If you enjoy keeping up with fashion and have the ability to communicate clearly with both customers and suppliers, being an interior designer can be a very rewarding occupation.

SNAPSHOT
Plan, design, and furnish the internal space of rooms or buildings. Design interior environments or create physical layouts that are practical, aesthetic, and conducive to the intended purposes. May specialize in a particular field, style, or phase of interior design.
Leadership
HIGH
Critical decision making
HIGH
Level of responsibilities
HIGH
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
HIGH
Dealing and handling conflict
LOW
Competition for this position
HIGH
Communication with others
HIGH
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
HIGH
Comfort of the work setting
HIGH
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
LOW
Exposure to job hazards
LOW
Physical demands
LOW
Daily tasks

Subcontract fabrication, installation, and arrangement of carpeting, fixtures, accessories, draperies, paint and wall coverings, art work, furniture, and related items.

Use computer-aided drafting (CAD) and related software to produce construction documents.

Inspect construction work on site to ensure its adherence to the design plans.

Render design ideas in form of paste-ups or drawings.

Design plans to be safe and to be compliant with the American Disabilities Act (ADA).

Review and detail shop drawings for construction plans.

Confer with client to determine factors affecting planning interior environments, such as budget, architectural preferences, and purpose and function.

Research and explore the use of new materials, technologies, and products to incorporate into designs.

Advise client on interior design factors such as space planning, layout and use of furnishings or equipment, and color coordination.

Select or design, and purchase furnishings, art works, and accessories.

Coordinate with other professionals, such as contractors, architects, engineers, and plumbers, to ensure job success.

MAIN ACTIVITIES
Thinking Creatively Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
Interacting With Computers Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.
Communicating with Persons Outside Organization Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Building and Construction Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Fine Arts Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
Sales and Marketing Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
TOP SKILLS
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.