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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
Have you ever walked into a business office and admires the décor? 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.
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.
Critical decision making
Level of responsibilities
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
Dealing and handling conflict
Competition for this position
Communication with others
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
Comfort of the work setting
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
Exposure to job hazards
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Formulate environmental plan to be practical, esthetic, and conducive to intended purposes, such as raising productivity or selling merchandise.
Use computer-aided drafting (CAD) and related software to produce construction documents.
Select or design, and purchase furnishings, art works, and accessories.
Subcontract fabrication, installation, and arrangement of carpeting, fixtures, accessories, draperies, paint and wall coverings, art work, furniture, and related items.
Advise client on interior design factors such as space planning, layout and utilization of furnishings or equipment, and color coordination.
Render design ideas in form of paste-ups or drawings.
Coordinate with other professionals, such as contractors, architects, engineers, and plumbers, to ensure job success.
Estimate material requirements and costs, and present design to client for approval.
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.
Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
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.
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
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.
AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE
Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Fluency of Ideas
The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
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.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Actively looking for ways to help people.
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.