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As an interior designer you will make interior spaces functional, aesthetically pleasing and safe by personally selecting decorations, colours, lighting and materials.

What does an Interior designer do?
Interior designers will typically do the following:
  • Search for and bid on new projects to work on

  • Meet with prospective clients and determine their goals and requirements for the project

  • Consider how the space can be efficiently used

  • Sketch design plans and establish electrical layouts

  • Sketch design plans, initially by hand and then using computer applications

  • Specify the materials and furnishings, e.g. lighting, furniture, flooring

  • Create a timescale and propose an estimated date of completion

  • Compose an estimate cost of the project for clients

  • Meet with clients once the project is complete to ensure that they are satisfied
What skills and interests should an Interior designer have?
  • Artistic ability

  • Creativity

  • An attention to detail

  • Great interpersonal skills

  • Problem-solving skills, particularly when thinking on your feet

  • Visualisation
What hours does an Interior designer typically do?
Most interior designers will work 37-40 hours a week, though you may need to alter your working day to your client’s availability. This may require some evening meetings and weekends.
What environment is an Interior designer based in?
This is typically an office-based role. There are opportunities to work in different environments, e.g. furniture stores, engineering related services and wholesalers
How much does an Interior designer travel?
Travel between projects is normal.
How much does an Interior designer get paid?
There is a big gap between interior designers who are experienced, compared to those who are entry level, e.g. the top 10% earners have an average yearly income of £64,455 and the bottom 10% earned £19,039. On average then, an interior designer has an income of £35,305.
What qualifications does an Interior designer need?
A bachelor’s degree is required for this role, especially degrees that cover design, drawing and computer-aided design (CAD).

However, there are license requirement for this career, but they are often granted to you by larger employers.
Useful subjects to study at school & university
Appropriate areas of study include:
  • Design Technology

  • IT

  • Art

  • Engineering

  • Interior Design

  • Maths

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