Interior Designer

What does an interior designer do?

by: Raegan Brooke Harrell

what do they do?

An interior designer is professionally trained to create a functional and quality interior environment. Qualified through education, experience and examination, a professional designer can identify, research and creatively resolve issues and lead to a healthy, safe and comfortable physical environment. So basically designs a beautiful home with a safe environment.

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Interior designers improve interior spaces to meet the needs and preferences of those spaces' inhabitants. While interior designers may work on a wide variety of buildings, their job duties are usually the same.

Specialties within the occupation

There are so many different fields to enter in the design profession. You could be a residential interior designer serving home owners or you could practice commercial interior design. Within commercial design you could work on offices, restaurants, banks, malls, hotels, and on and on. Within each of those specialties, you could be a project manager heading up the entire project or a drafts person or a specifier of products. You could be a sales representative for a number of different products. You could own or operate a drapery workroom or fabric warehouse, a design firm, be a partner in a firm, a painter, wall paper hanger, carpet layer….. the sky is the limit!

Work setting, including potential hazards and physical/emotional/mental demands

Modern buildings are generally considered safe and healthy working environments. However, the potential for indoor air quality problems, occupational illnesses and injuries, exposure to hazardous materials, and accidental falls beckons architects, engineers, and facility managers to design and maintain buildings and processes that ensure occupant safety and health. Notably, building designs must focus on eliminating or preventing hazards to personnel, rather than relying on personal protective equipment and administrative or process procedures to prevent mishaps.

Work schedules, including information on hours worked and seasonality of work

The numbers of hours worked for an interior designer depends on the scope of the project. Typically work 39 hours a week. The median annual wage for an interior designer was $47,600 in May 2012. Usually make $25 an hour.

Common injuries and illnesses

By focusing on the concept of stress, a theory of supportive design can be developed that conceptualizes human impacts of design in ways that are related directly to scientifically credible indicators or interpretations of wellness.

Typical entry-level education requirements

You could start in an entry-level position such as architectural assistant, facility and space planner, or project designer for employers.

Important qualities that are helpful in performing the work

IMPORTANT INTREST: changing trends in design & the processes involved in architecture and construction. IMPORTANT QUALITIES: creativity and imagination, an eye for design, visualizing concepts, good drawing skills organization, confidence, awareness, self-decipline.‎

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