Interior Designer

What Does an Interior Designer Do?
Interior designers plan, draft and decorate spaces within a building to fit the needs and desires of those using the space. Interior designers use their creativity and style sense to make a space functional, durable and aesthetically pleasing. They are mostly concerned with lighting, furniture, colors and textures and how well they complement each other within a designated area. Interior designers begin their design process by talking with clients to find out their style and decoration preferences. Then, designers draft floor plans and layouts that will aid in their design processes. They also do research and gather information about furniture, fabrics and other decorations that will accent the space. Interior designers may come up with a few ideas and options to show the client and let them decide on a look that suits them. They may work individually or as a group to decorate and renovate spaces. Interior designers can work in residential or commercial interior design, specializing in houses, hospitals, schools, malls, restaurants, theaters and other buildings.

What Is the Employment and Salary Outlook for an Interior Designer?
The employment outlook for interior designers should be positive, with an estimated job growth of 19 percent from 2008 to 2018. This growth can be attributed to the increasing demand for interior design services and people’s awareness of its benefits. In addition, businesses are requesting the services of interior designers because renovations and interior improvements increase employee and customer satisfaction. Interior designers will also be hired for home decorations and renovations, which add price value to the home and keep it looking updated. Interior designers are expected to have a favorable salary outlook as well. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, interior designers made an average salary of $44,950 in 2008. The highest levels of employment were in specialized design services, architectural, engineering and related services and furniture stores. For more detailed information on interior designers’ wage estimates and industry profiles, check out the Bureau’s Occupational Employment Statistics.

How Can I Become an Interior Designer?
Prospective interior designers need to have creativity, design knowledge and be familiar in computer-aided drafting (CAD) systems. These skills are attainable with a formal college education. Most interior designers have a minimum of an associate degree, which lasts two years and covers the basics of design, drafting and interior decorating. During school, you will gain a comprehensive education in design, aesthetics, architecture and interior environments. An associate degree in interior design will prepare students for an entry-level position at a design firm. After you complete the formal training, it is strongly recommended that you enter an apprenticeship that gives you valuable work experience before working on your own. To help you plan your interior design education and obtain industry resources, visit the American Society of Interior Designers.