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Your job is to Plan, design, and furnish interiors of residential, commercial, or industrial buildings. Formulate design which is practical, aesthetic, and conducive to intended purposes, such as raising productivity, selling merchandise, or improving life style. May specialize in a particular field, style, or phase of interior design.
Common job titles of Interior Designers include:
Experience and Education
A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for this occupation. For example, a person in this occupation must complete four years of college and work for several years in industry to be considered qualified.
85.71% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.
9.52% said they needed a Associate's Degree.
Use computer-aided drafting (CAD) and related software to produce construction documents.
Coordinate with other professionals, such as contractors, architects, engineers, and plumbers, to ensure job success.
Advise client on interior design factors such as space planning, layout and use of furnishings or equipment, and color coordination.
Confer with client to determine factors affecting planning interior environments, such as budget, architectural preferences, and purpose and function.
Research and explore the use of new materials, technologies, and products to incorporate into designs.
Design spaces to be environmentally friendly, using sustainable, recycled materials when feasible.
Inspect construction work on site to ensure its adherence to the design plans.
Design plans to be safe and to be compliant with the American Disabilities Act (ADA).
Review and detail shop drawings for construction plans.
Render design ideas in form of paste-ups or drawings.
Formulate environmental plan to be practical, esthetic, and conducive to intended purposes, such as raising productivity or selling merchandise.
Select or design, and purchase furnishings, art works, and accessories.
Estimate material requirements and costs, and present design to client for approval.
Subcontract fabrication, installation, and arrangement of carpeting, fixtures, accessories, draperies, paint and wall coverings, art work, furniture, and related items.
Plan and design interior environments for boats, planes, buses, trains, and other enclosed spaces.
Three-dimensional laser digitizers
Print serversAll Tools
Precision tape measures
Personal digital assistants PDA
Digital tape measures
Computer aided design CAD multi-unit display graphics cards
20-20 Technologies 20-20 Design
Adobe Systems Adobe Creative Cloud
Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign
Autodesk Architectural Desktop
Autodesk Revit ArchitectureAll Technologies
Computer aided design and drafting software CADD
Trimble SketchUp Pro
Autodesk 3ds Max
AutoDesSys form Z
MAXON CINEMA 4D
McNeel Rhino software
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Actively looking for ways to help people.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Complex Problem Solving
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Using mathematics to solve problems.
Teaching others how to do something.
Come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Originality
Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension
Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension
Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression
Come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Fluency of Ideas
Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
Cognitive Abilities › Spatial Abilities › Visualization
See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision
Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression
Match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Visual Color Discrimination