What Do Interior Design Careers Involve?
Interior design careers involve planning and creating interiors that bring together functionality, style, and decor to meet the needs of the client or customer.
An interior designer may be employed to design a restaurant that maximizes the number of customers that can be seated at one time, while allowing for privacy and ease of service, for example, or he or she may be employed by a retail outlet to improve its layout and decor to attract a certain kind of customer and improve sales.
If the interior designer is involved from the building stage, he or she may be involved in decisions about aspects such as the location and style of more permanent features such as the windows, escalators, and architectural details.
Interior designers often manage the whole interior design project, which means drawing up a project plan with timelines, costs, and contractor schedules, and they may also manage assistant interior designers.
What Are the Education Requirements?
To begin a career in interior design, you need to gain an associate or bachelor’s degree. Most interior designers then gain experience through an apprenticeship and many then go on to become self-employed.
Degrees in interior design can be gained from interior design schools and colleges or general colleges and universities. A large number of interior design degrees are accredited by the National Association of art and Design.
Areas of specialty that are becoming increasingly popular include green or environmental design, ergonomic design for workspaces, and designs that accommodate the needs of the elderly or people with disabilities, so these are useful subject areas to look for in interior design degrees.
What is the Future for Graduates?
Employment of interior designers is projected to grow 19 percent or so in the decade ending in 2018, which is faster than the average for all occupations. Competition for jobs is expected to be strong, however, so a good interior design degree and experience are important to give you the best advantage.