Interior Designers

Architecture & Construction > Design/Pre-Construction

Projected Growth: Average

Projected Job Openings

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Job Description

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

Tablet computers

T squares



Print servers

All Tools

Precision tape measures


Personal digital assistants PDA

Personal computers

Laptop computers

Graphics tablets

Electronic scales

Drafting triangles

Drafting scales

Digital tape measures

Digital cameras

Digital camcorders

Desktop computers

Computer aided design CAD multi-unit display graphics cards

Architects’ scales


20-20 Technologies 20-20 Design

Adobe Systems Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign

Autodesk Architectural Desktop

Autodesk Revit

Autodesk Revit Architecture

All Technologies

Autodesk VIZ

Computer aided design and drafting software CADD

Graphisoft ArchiCAD

Trimble SketchUp Pro

Vectorworks Designer

Autodesk 3ds Max

AutoDesSys form Z



McNeel Rhino software


Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Active Listening

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.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Service Orientation

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.

Operations Analysis

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.

Active Learning

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.

Time Management

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

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