Career Theme: Artistic
Necessary Education: Most require a Bachelor’s degree. Many states require interior designers to be registered, certified or licensed. Continuing education is often required to maintain one’s license, certification or registration. Upon graduating with a bachelor’s degree, one would most likely begin a one to three year apprenticeship program at a design or architecture firm and work under the supervision of an experienced interior designer.
Special Training Required: Licensure is required in 23 states. Membership in a professional association and certifications in kitchen and bath design are optional.
Prerequisite experience needed: After obtaining a degree, most would start as an apprentice or assistant to an interior designer. After about three years of on-the-job training, interior designers may advance to positions such as chief designer or design department head.
Job Responsibilities: Designers confer with client to determine factors affecting planning interior environments, such as budget, architectural preferences, and purpose and function. They use computer-aided drafting (CAD) and related software to produce construction documents. Design plan is presented to the client and then revised according to the client’s input. They also coordinate with other professionals, such as contractors, architects, engineers, and plumbers, to ensure job success. When the project is completed, they follow-up with the client to make sure he or she is satisfied, and if not, make any necessary corrections.
Typical Salary Range: Makes about $47,600 /year (for 2012)