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Interior Designers

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

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:
  • Design plans to be safe and to be compliant with the American Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • Coordinate with other professionals, such as contractors, architects, engineers, and plumbers, to ensure job success.
  • Inspect construction work on site to ensure its adherence to the design plans.


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


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


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • create new and original ideas
  • come up with lots of ideas
  • pay attention to something without being distracted


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
  • Dependability
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Cooperation
  • Initiative


You might use software like this on the job:

Computer aided design CAD software Hot Technology
  • Autodesk AutoCAD Hot Technology
  • Autodesk Revit Hot Technology
Electronic mail software
  • Email software
  • IBM Notes Hot Technology
Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator Hot Technology
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop Hot Technology


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

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