What can I do with this Career?

What Can You Do With This Career?

 

AREAS
EMPLOYERS
INFORMATION/STRATEGIES

Commercial Design Including:Offices
Retail
HealthcareHospitals and clinics
Medical offices
HospitalityRestaurants
Bars and Clubs
Hotels and Motels
Resorts
Theaters
CivicAirports
Government FacilitiesResidential DesignSingle-Family Houses

Apartments

Condominiums
In-store Design

Design Specialties Including:

Bath
Kitchen
Lighting
Ergonomic Design
Green Design
Renovations
Sales/Marketing
Education

Design firms
Architecture firms
Design divisions of corporations/institutions
Carpet manufacturers
Furniture and home stores
Federal government departments
Colleges and universities
Self-employed

  • Create a portfolio of your work while in school.
  • Complete an internship to gain relevant experience.
  • After finishing a design degree and gaining required experience, prepare to take the qualifying exam administered by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification.
  • Learn to understand both the artistic, creative side and the business, technical side of design to assure success in the field.
  • Become familiar with Computer Aided Design (CAD) software.
  • Develop strong communication skills which are important when interacting with clients and writing work proposals.
  • Understand the importance of learning to listen attentively to others and providing excellent customer service.
  • Learn to work well with different types of people including clients, architects, contractors and other service providers.
  • Gain experience working in a fast-paced environment and meeting deadlines. Plan to work on multiple projects at a time.
  • Join relevant student organizations and seek leadership roles. Become a student member of the American Society of Interior Designers.
  • Conduct informational interviews with interior designers in a variety of settings to learn about particular areas of interest. Build a network of contacts.
  • Interior designers are four times as likely to be self-employed than people in other specialty professions. Most others work in small firms of 1 to 5 employees. (BLS)