What does an Interior Designer do?
An interior designer assists people decorate their homes, offices, restaurants, stores and other places and create the most functional and beautiful decor in a space for the client as possible. They would determine space size requirements, select color schemes, lighting and materials for the project and be able to give expert advice on any possible building codes or inspection regulations that might be needed for the job.
How to Become an Interior Designer
To gain a career as an interior designer, you would usually need a bachelor’s degree with a focus on interior design. Many employer’s would want several years of work-related experience as well as on-the-job training. A recognized vocational school would also be helpful.
Job Description of an Interior Designer
An interior designer would provide (through their creative and practical designs) the potential for clients to increase productivity, attain a more comfortable lifestyle, or even a possibility for the client to increase sales of merchandise by designing the interior of a store or business. To be successful in this career field, instructional designers must be capable and confident when meeting with customers to assess the needs for a project, such as planning the desired design, costs, architectural issues, furnishings, layouts, or color coordination.
Instructional designers meet with any other contractors that may be needed, such as engineers, plumbers, electricians, or architects to achieve success for a client. If any additional sub-contracting is needed for wall coverings, carpets, flooring, tiling or any other related needs, the interior designer would make those arrangements and oversee the job. Skills in (CAD) computer-aided drafting or related software to get construction documents would be used as well as scanners, tape measures, graphics tablets or photo imaging software.
Some knowledge of building and construction would be needed as well as public safety and security. Communication skills are very valuable as the need to speak with and listen to a client from the beginning to the completion of the designed project is critical for the success of the job. An interior designer should have sales and marketing skills that would enable them to encourage new business for themselves, their employer or their customers.
One would need organizational skills, coordination and writing skills and complex problem solving skills to ensure job success and customer satisfaction. Some interior designers are self-employed, but many work for engineering or architectural and specialized industries. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a growth of 4 percent in this career field in 2014-2024.