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Interior Designer

Overview: Interior designers plan, design and furnish the interiors of residential, office and commercial buildings. They meet with clients to decide upon styles, budget, and equipment to be installed. They advise clients about layout and colors. They may also design interiors of boats or planes.
Duties: They confer with owners and/or architects to decide upon a budget and preferences for styles, colors, special equipment and the intended purpose for each room or area.

Apply criteria of artistic appeal and functional usage to decide upon furniture pieces, carpeting, drapes and artworks to be used in furnishing a residence, office, commercial or public building.

They may request furniture designers and carpeting or drapery manufacturers to produce a special order of fabrics and wood, metal or glass materials to satisfy a client's needs.

They custom design the interior of luxury ships, yachts and airplanes to meet the client's preferences and the space limitations and room shapes and layouts in such vehicles.

Degree(s): A.S. Visual and Performing Arts: Art & Photography Concentration 
A.A.S. Computerized Architectural and Industrial Design 
A.S. Visual and Performing Arts: Dance Concentration 
A.S. Visual and Performing Arts: Music Concentration 
A.S. Visual and Performing Arts: Theatre Arts Concentration 
A.S. Visual and Performing Arts: Interdisciplinary Concentration  
Job Outlook: Employment of interior designers is expected grow faster than average through 2018. Best opportunities are with businesses seeking to improve worker and customer satisfaction as well as ensure workplace health and safety, and healthcare facilities for the elderly who benefit from a homelike environment.
Salary Range (National Average): $27,000 to $31,000
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires a High School Degree, plus additional coursework in a vocational or technical school. In some cases, employers may require an Associate Degree.
Additional Training/Education: This field requires the completion of a one-year interior decorating and design training program in a technical institute or a 2 or 3 year associate degree from a community college or professional design school, or a 4 year Bachelor of Applied Arts degree. Many states require licensing or certification of interior designers.
Recommended Skills:
  • Analyzing requirements for a new product or service and creating a design to satisfy those needs.
  • Painting, drawing, crafting, sculpting and creative designing.
  • Installing equipment, machines, wiring, etc. according to a set of specifications.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.
Recommended Values:
  • Being able to express creative ideas through the arts.
 

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.