Interior Designers

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.

Salary at 10th Percentile: $27,240
Median Salary: $51,500
Salary at 90th Percentile: $93,780

Design plans to be safe and to be compliant with the American Disabilities Act (ADA).

Coordinate with other professionals, such as contractors, architects, engineers, and plumbers, to ensure job success.

Inspect construction work on site to ensure its adherence to the design plans.

Use computer-aided drafting (CAD) and related software to produce construction documents.

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.

Estimate material requirements and costs, and present design to client for approval.

Review and detail shop drawings for construction plans.

Formulate environmental plan to be practical, esthetic, and conducive to intended purposes, such as raising productivity or selling merchandise.

Design spaces to be environmentally friendly, using sustainable, recycled materials when feasible.

Research and explore the use of new materials, technologies, and products to incorporate into designs.

Render design ideas in form of paste-ups or drawings.

Select or design, and purchase furnishings, art works, and accessories.

Subcontract fabrication, installation, and arrangement of carpeting, fixtures, accessories, draperies, paint and wall coverings, art work, furniture, and related items.

Technology
Example
Hot Technology
Computer aided design CAD software
20-20 Technologies 20-20 Design
Document management software
Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat
Graphics or photo imaging software
Adobe Systems Adobe Creative Cloud
Desktop publishing software
Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign
Video creation and editing software
Autodesk 3ds Max
Electronic mail software
Email software
Spreadsheet software
Microsoft Excel
Office suite software
Microsoft Office
Presentation software
Microsoft PowerPoint
Word processing software
Microsoft Word
Internet browser software
Web browser software
Tool
Example
Hot Technology
Scales
Architects' scales
Graphics or video accelerator cards
Computer aided design CAD multi-unit display graphics cards
Desktop computers
Desktop computers
Digital camcorders or video cameras
Digital camcorders
Digital cameras
Digital cameras
Tape measures
Digital tape measures
Triangles
Drafting triangles
Tablet computers
Graphics tablets
Notebook computers
Laptop computers
Personal computers
Personal computers
Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers
Personal digital assistants PDA
Plotter printers
Plotters
Print servers
Print servers
Protractors
Protractors
Scanners
Scanners
T squares
T squares
Design
98%
Importance

Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

Building and Construction
83%
Importance

Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

Customer and Personal Service
77%
Importance

Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

English Language
74%
Importance

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Administration and Management
69%
Importance

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Fine Arts
67%
Importance

Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

Sales and Marketing
66%
Importance

Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

Public Safety and Security
64%
Importance

Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

Computers and Electronics
63%
Importance

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Psychology
57%
Importance

Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

Reading Comprehension
75%
Importance

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Active Listening
75%
Importance

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.

Speaking
75%
Importance

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Critical Thinking
75%
Importance

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

Social Perceptiveness
69%
Importance

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

Service Orientation
69%
Importance

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Writing
66%
Importance

Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Coordination
63%
Importance

Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Persuasion
63%
Importance

Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

Complex Problem Solving
63%
Importance

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Originality
78%
Importance

The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.

Oral Comprehension
75%
Importance

The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Written Comprehension
75%
Importance

The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Oral Expression
75%
Importance

The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Fluency of Ideas
75%
Importance

The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).

Visualization
75%
Importance

The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.

Near Vision
75%
Importance

The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Speech Clarity
72%
Importance

The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

Written Expression
69%
Importance

The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Problem Sensitivity
69%
Importance

The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Thinking Creatively
97%
Importance

Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

Interacting With Computers
92%
Importance

Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

Getting Information
91%
Importance

Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment
88%
Importance

Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.

Making Decisions and Solving Problems
85%
Importance

Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
85%
Importance

Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
81%
Importance

Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
81%
Importance

Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
80%
Importance

Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others
79%
Importance

Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.

Estimate costs for projects or productions.

Present work to clients for approval.

Confer with clients to determine needs.

Select materials or props.

Maintain inventories of materials, equipment, or products.

Coordinate construction or installation activities.

Draw detailed or technical illustrations.

Develop artistic or design concepts for decoration, exhibition, or commercial purposes.

Review details of technical drawings or specifications.

Plan facility layouts or designs.

Inspect facilities or sites to determine if they meet specifications or standards.

Incorporate green features into the design of structures or facilities.

Conduct research to inform art, designs, or other work.

Electronic Mail

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Face-to-Face Discussions

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Telephone

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Indoors, Environmentally Controlled

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Contact With Others

How much does this job require the worker to be in contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise) in order to perform it?

Work With Work Group or Team

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Importance of Being Exact or Accurate

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Time Pressure

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Spend Time Sitting

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Deal With External Customers

How important is it to work with external customers or the public in this job?

Major
Interior Architecture
Textile Science
Interior Design
Artistic

Score: 95 / 100

Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

Enterprising

Score: 76 / 100

Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.

Realistic

Score: 43 / 100

Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

Social

Score: 43 / 100

Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

Investigative

Score: 24 / 100

Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

Conventional

Score: 19 / 100

Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Attention to Detail
98%
Importance

Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.

Innovation
88%
Importance

Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.

Dependability
87%
Importance

Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

Stress Tolerance
86%
Importance

Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.

Initiative
85%
Importance

Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

Cooperation
85%
Importance

Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

Adaptability/Flexibility
83%
Importance

Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.

Integrity
81%
Importance

Job requires being honest and ethical.

Leadership
80%
Importance

Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.

Achievement/Effort
72%
Importance

Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.

Achievement
81%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.

Independence
81%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.

Relationships
71%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.

Working Conditions
64%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.

Recognition
62%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

Support
33%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.

Career
Fashion Designers
Editors
Talent Directors
Commercial and Industrial Designers
Art Directors
Directors- Stage, Motion Pictures, Television, and Radio
Producers
Graphic Designers
Music Composers and Arrangers
Film and Video Editors