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Earn a degree in interior design from an accredited college

According to the strictest definition, interior design involves the layout of the interior of buildings and residences with a goal of providing the optimum layout for safety, accessibility and overall utility in the design. Interior design may also be defined as the art of decorating the interior of buildings to make them attractive and provide maximum comfort and functionality. This latter definition is more often categorized as interior decoration. Schools offer a variety of degrees in both areas.

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What skills do I need to become an interior designer?

Interior Designers need to be creative to start with, with an understanding of how certain colors, textures, patterns, lighting, and furniture work together in a space. They also need to be able to read and understand blueprints, be aware of building and fire codes, and make sure spaces are handicap accessible. It’s also good to know computer-aided design (CAD) software, as more and more businesses are using this and will look for an interior designer with this skill set. Interior designers also need to be good with time management, keeping to a schedule, sticking to a budget, and working well with others.

What does an Interior Designer do?

Interior designers work with clients to design interior spaces of buildings to gain a specific effect (soothing, welcoming, concentration-inducing), depending on the space. They work with individuals, businesses, and architects to come up with a plan including lighting, furniture, wall colors, and all of the details down to the carpets, cushions, and crown molding. They could work on any number of buildings, including private homes, hospitals, businesses, airport terminals, shopping malls, movie and live theaters, schools, and more. Some interior designers are starting to work more and more with green design – trying to make a home or a business as environmentally friendly as possible. Designs could include recycling areas, solar panels, carpets or other building materials made from recycled or chemical-free materials, and using energy-efficient appliances and materials.

5 Common Careers:

  • Commercial Interior Designer
  • Home Interior Designer
  • Product Sales Representative
  • Design Firm Owner/Partner
  • House Painter

What classes will I take to get a degree in Interior Design?

Some of the classes you’ll take as an Interior Design major will be similar to these: Interior Design, Computer-Aided Design, Interior Design Graphics, Interior Lighting Design, Space Planning, History of Interiors and Furniture, Interior Structures and Materials, Textiles & Patterns, and Beginning Architecture.

How popular are jobs in Interior Design?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for interior designers is expected to increase 19 percent from 2008 to 2018, far faster than most other fields. [http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos293.htm] More and more people are using the skills of interior designers when designing and planning homes or additions rather than just relying on the architects or their own ideas. Medical facilities also rely heavily on interior designers to create a peaceful, clean, and inviting environment for their patients, and businesses try to create workspaces that are conducive to employees being able to concentrate and stay focused. Expect some competition, though. There are a lot of very talented people in this field; so hard work and creativity are essential when preparing for a career in interior design.

How do I become an Interior Designer?

Schooling is the first step to becoming an interior designer. 2-3 year associate’s degree programs as well as 4-year degrees are offered in this area of study, and are the place to start. Most states require at least an associate’s degree in order to become a certified interior designer. Once you are done with school, Master’s degree programs or apprenticeships are the next step. Becoming an apprentice will allow you on the job training and a chance to work with those experienced in the field. They will also give you a leg-up on the competition. Check your state’s requirements for becoming certified in interior designer to see what steps you need to take.

Salary and career outlook data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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