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Interior Design Careers

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Interior designers plan the spaces of almost every type of building, including:

  • Airport terminals
  • Corporate spaces
  • Hospitals
  • Hotels
  • Private residences
  • Public buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Schools
  • Shopping malls
  • Theaters

Drawing upon architecture, product design and aesthetics, interior designers must understand how to work with architectural detailing, floor plans, construction codes and remodeling and renovation. A good interior designer should have these skill sets:

  • Business knowledge
  • Computer skills
  • Artistic and aesthetic sensibility
  • The ability to communicate well and promote your ideas with a wide variety of people

In general, an interior designer:

  • Analyzes the client’s needs, goals and living and safety requirements;
  • Integrates findings with knowledge of interior design;
  • Formulates preliminary design concepts that are functional and aesthetic;
  • Develops and presents final design recommendations by presentation;
  • Prepares working drawings and specifications for interior construction, materials, finishes, space planning, furnishings, fixtures and equipment;
  • Collaborates with architects, engineers and other licensed professionals as required for regulatory approval;
  • Prepares and administers bids and contract documents as the client’s agent; and
  • Reviews and evaluates design solutions during implementation and upon completion.

See more about careers in interior design.

Working Conditions

Working conditions vary depending on the size and scope of the company. Large corporations often hire interior designers for regular working hours, while designers for smaller firms usually work on a contract basis. Self-employed designers, representing about a quarter of all working professionals, must not only do the work but also generate the business by locating jobs and clients.

Interior designers must meet deadlines, stay on budget and deal effectively with a wide range of personalities and client demands. Work tends to involve a fair amount of travel to visit different locations, studios or clients’ homes and offices.

America’s Career Infonet gives detailed information about the skills, abilities, work activities and recommended education for interior designers, as well as salaries in Texas:
 
​Job ​Median
 Hourly Rate
​Median
 Annual Salary
​Projected Job Growth
 Through 2020
Interior designers​ ​$22.36 ​$46,500 ​+14%