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Interior Designers

Also called: Interior Designer, Designer, Interior Design Coordinator, Interior Design Consultant

What they do:
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.
On the job, you would:
  • Confer with client to determine factors affecting planning interior environments, such as budget, architectural preferences, and purpose and function.
  • Advise client on interior design factors such as space planning, layout and utilization of furnishings or equipment, and color coordination.
  • Coordinate with other professionals, such as contractors, architects, engineers, and plumbers, to ensure job success.

Knowledge

Engineering and Technology
  • design
  • building and construction
Business
  • customer service
  • management
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • music, dance, visual arts, drama, or sculpture
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
Social
  • looking for ways to help people
  • understanding people's reactions

Abilities

Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • create new and original ideas
  • come up with lots of ideas

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include creating, designing, and making your own rules.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Innovation
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Analytical Thinking

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Computer aided design CAD software
  • 20-20 Technologies 20-20 Design
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
  • AutoDesSys form Z
Electronic mail software
  • Email software
  • IBM Lotus Notes

Education

Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
associate's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$47,600
per year, on average
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