Area: Interior Design

Sub-Area:

  • Commercial Design Including:
    • Offices
    • Retail
    • Healthcare
      • Hospitals and clinics
      • Medical offices
    • Hospitality
      • Restaurants
      • Bars and Clubs
      • Hotels and Motels
      • Resorts
      • Theaters
  • Civic
    • Airports
    • Government Facilities
  • Residential Design
    • Single-Family Houses
    • Apartments
    • Condominiums
  • In-store Design
  • Design Specialties Including:
    • Bath
    • Kitchen
    • Lighting
    • Ergonomic Design
    • Green Design
  • Renovations
  • Sales/Marketing
  • Education

Employers:

  • Design firms
  • Architecture firms
  • Design divisions of corporations/institutions
  • Carpet manufacturers
  • Furniture and home stores
  • Federal government departments
  • Colleges and universities
  • Self-employed

Strategies & Information:

  • Create a portfolio of your work while in school.
  • Complete an internship to gain relevant experience.
  • After finishing a design degree and gaining required experience, prepare to take the qualifying exam administered by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification.
  • Learn to understand both the artistic, creative side and the business, technical side of design to assure success in the field.
  • Become familiar with Computer Aided Design (CAD) software.
  • Develop strong communication skills which are important when interacting with clients and writing work proposals.
  • Understand the importance of learning to listen attentively to others and providing excellent customer service.
  • Learn to work well with different types of people including clients, architects, contractors and other service providers.
  • Gain experience working in a fast-paced environment and meeting deadlines. Plan to work on multiple projects at a time.
  • Join relevant student organizations and seek leadership roles. Become a student member of the American Society of Interior Designers.
  • Conduct informational interviews with interior designers in a variety of settings to learn about particular areas of interest. Build a network of contacts.
  • Interior designers are four times as likely to be self-employed than people in other specialty professions. Most others work in small firms of 1 to 5 employees. (BLS)

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