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Despite limited employment growth, about 8,200 openings for interior designers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Most of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.


Interior designers make indoor spaces functional, safe, and beautiful by determining space requirements and selecting essential and decorative items, such as colors, lighting, and materials. They must be able to draw, read, and edit blueprints. They also must be aware of building codes, inspection regulations, and other considerations, such as accessibility standards.

Interior designers work closely with architects, civil engineers, mechanical engineers, and construction laborers and helpers to determine how interior spaces will function, look, and be furnished. Interior designers read blueprints and must be aware of building codes and inspection regulations.

Although some sketches may be freehand, most interior designers use computer-aided design (CAD) software for most of their drawings. Throughout the design process, interior designers often use building information modeling (BIM) software to create three-dimensional visualizations that include construction elements such as walls or roofs.

Many designers specialize in particular types of buildings, such as homes, hospitals, or hotels; specific rooms, such as bathrooms or kitchens; or a specific style. Some designers work for home-furnishings stores, providing design services to help customers choose materials and furnishings.

Some interior designers produce designs, plans, and drawings for construction and installation. These products may include information for construction and demolition, electrical layouts, and building permits. Interior designers may draft the preliminary design into documents ranging from simple sketches to construction schedules and attachments.

Sustainable designers suggest strategies to improve energy and water efficiencies and indoor air quality as well as environmentally sustainable products, such as bamboo and cork for floors. They may obtain certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) from the U.S. Green Building Council. Such certification indicates expertise in designing buildings and spaces with sustainable practices in mind.

Universal designers renovate spaces in order to make them more accessible. Often, these designs are used to renovate spaces for elderly people and people with special needs; however, universal designs benefit everyone. For example, an entryway without steps may be necessary for someone in a wheelchair, but it is also helpful for someone pushing a baby stroller.

Most interior designers work in offices, but technology has changed the way many designers work. For example, interior designers now use software rather than drafting tables to create two- or three-dimensional images.

Voluntary certification in an interior design specialty, such as environmental design, allows designers to demonstrate expertise in a particular area of the occupation. Interior designers often specialize to distinguish the type of design work they do and to promote their expertise. Certifications usually are available through professional and trade associations and are independent of the NCIDQ licensing examination.

Detail oriented. Interior designers need to be precise in measuring interior spaces and creating drawings, so that their drawings can be used by workers such as engineers or other designers.

Interpersonal skills. Interior designers need to be able to communicate effectively with clients and others. They spend much of their time soliciting new clients and new work and collaborating with other designers, engineers, and general building contractors on ongoing projects.

Problem-solving skills. Interior designers must address challenges, such as construction delays or unavailability of certain materials, while keeping the project on time and within budget.

Visualization. Interior designers need a strong sense of proportion and visual awareness in order to understand how the pieces of a design will fit together to create the intended environment.

The median annual wage for interior designers was $60,340 in May 2021. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $30,930, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $99,070.

As the demand for renovation projects increases, homeowners and companies are expected to need services provided by interior designers to help create safe and functional spaces. A greater focus on building codes, as well as the need to design spaces that meet accessibility standards, may also help to create jobs for these workers.

CareerOneStop includes hundreds of occupational profiles with data available by state and metro area. There are links in the left-hand side menu to compare occupational employment by state and occupational wages by local area or metro area. There is also a salary info tool to search for wages by zip code.

There are also various types of specialization in interior design career that one can master. From residential projects to commercial, hospitality, and civic projects, interior design caters to a wide variety of clients with varied requirements and different parameters of compliance and function. Each of these fields requires a separate plethora of skillsets and dedication, which greatly influence the pay scale and profits an interior designer earns. Most importantly a basic knowledge of graphic design, AutoCAD, space planning is a must.

Similarly, the necessity of a license and related work experience also differ depending on your location. While some states allow people to use the tag of interior designer without a license, other states mandate that they hold a license, obtained by qualifying in the state specified examinations.

There are a number of fields that branch out from the interior design job market. These include the different types of roles the interior designer himself can adorn, from residential to commercial, corporate, hospitality, institutional, and even religious space designers.

There are also other supplementary roles in an interior design office such as a draftsman to draw layouts and blueprints, 3D modeler, project manager, bookkeepers and accountants, public and media relationship managers, human resources, etc. All these skill sets come together to bring us aesthetically pleasing as well as efficient habitats that leave the user happy and content.

These are the professionals who are responsible for designing the interiors of various government-owned-and-operated buildings such as courtrooms, assembly halls, cultural buildings, city halls, etc., and also public areas within these buildings, such as lobbies, libraries, gardens, and cafeterias, etc.

A notable feature of this kind of interior design is that the consumer is not involved in the decision-making or designing. Additionally, in all cases, the interiors try to portray an image or symbol that is majestic, awe-inspiring, and even slightly ominous. They hence traditionally feature marble, stone, lofty ceilings, and imposing architectural elements.

At times, their role also includes giving a new look to older public buildings by refurbishing or repairing them. Agencies like Veterans Health Administration, Public Building Services, and the Department of State are often known to hire interior designers.

It should be noted that most government Interior designer jobs would be located in first-tier cities like New York or Washington DC where the cost of living is higher than other cities. So even if you earn a decent package, your net income could be lower or equal to other types of jobs.

These designers not only follow strictly the building codes and insurance laws but also ensure ergonomics, psychology, and science are made use of to provide a peak sterilized, healing environment for the patients and doctors. Good circulation, optimum ventilation, and HVAC, and state-of-the-art lighting and equipment are a few of the areas they focus on.

Residential designers are probably the most common type of interior design field. This is probably because as a residential interior designer you have the maximum flexibility in terms of design and creativity.

However, this also means there is a downside to it. Unlike in commercial interior design where the client oversees the big picture, here it is often seen that clients can get nit-picky and interfere in every stage of design and execution that can hamper the flow and the timeline of the projects.

Residential interior design is a full-time job that also involves the maximum amount of client meetings, discussions, approvals, and communication, as every stage needs to be passed by the client individually.

Some residential interior designers also are involved with flipping houses. This means the entire home is done up to the tastes and like of the designer and architect in keeping with the location, and market.

While this is sometimes teamed up with a corporate interior design, commercial designers dedicate their practice to more public spaces, malls, retail outlets, entertainment centers, shops, banks, etc., more than office environments.

The interior design in such scenarios, helps the brand sell a product or service to the client through their experience of the space. They help a brand connect and influence its target clientele. Wayfinding, branding, signage, and display design are a few of the tools in their kit. 041b061a72


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