Interior Designer

Job Description

Bringing the spaces of a home or office building to life takes talent and skill, and Interior Designers are pros at creating comfortable, beautiful, functional, and safe environments in spaces of all sizes and kinds. 

Interior Designers work to determine space requirements and select which furnishings, lighting, layout, materials, and colors will work best to make the space all that it can be for their client’s needs and style. Interior Designers may have clients who range from private individuals to companies moving into new office spaces.

Interior Designers collaborate with architects, engineers, and others in their work, reviewing blueprints, building codes, and inspection regulations, as well as universal accessibility standards.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop coordinated interior design solutions for specific needs and budgets
  • Work collaboratively with architects, engineers, and designers
  • Prepare concept boards
  • Guide clients through the selection of materials and furnishings, and the budgeting process
  • Serve as liaison for furniture and interior decorations vendors

Education and Background

This position requires a bachelor’s degree in interior design or a related field, preferably with coursework in drawing and computer-aided design (CAD). Job candidates with an interior design license can help boost their career opportunities.

Skills and Proficiencies

  • Proficiency in AutoCAD, Adobe products, and related software applications
  • Expertise in computers and technology
  • Keen attention to detail 
  • Strong collaborative and problem-solving skills
  • Can work independently with minimal oversight

Compensation

According to Payscale the median annual salary of an Interior Designer with

1 Year of Experience:

  • Orlando, Florida: $40,000
  • Tampa, Florida: $48,000
  • Jacksonville, Florida: $38,000
  • Miami, Florida: $42,000
  • Atlanta, Georgia: $55,000
  • Chicago, Illinois: $54,000
  • Houston, Texas: $53,000
  • Los Angeles, California: $54,000
  • New York City, New York: $60,000
  • Seattle, Washington: $46,000
  • Overall: $52,000

5 Years of Experience:

  • Orlando, Florida: $54,000
  • Tampa, Florida: $63,000
  • Jacksonville, Florida: $40,000
  • Miami, Florida: $71,000
  • Atlanta, Georgia: $85,000
  • Chicago, Illinois: $63,000
  • Houston, Texas: $70,000
  • Los Angeles, California: $62,000
  • New York City, New York: $90,000
  • Seattle, Washington: $74,000
  • Overall: $75,000

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Career Path

Becoming an Interior Designer typically requires a bachelor’s degree in interior design or a related field, preferably with classes in drawing and computer-aided design (CAD). Job candidates with an interior design license can boost their career opportunities. 

Position Trends

Designers can expect to respond to growing client expectations that the interiors of homes and offices meet certain conditions, such as being environmentally friendly and more easily accessible to all people.  

Job Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for Interior Designers is projected to grow four percent through 2028, as fast as the average for all occupations. 

Typical Hours

The typical work hours for an Interior Designer are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, generally in an office setting or on-site. 

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