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Interior Designers

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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.

    Work Activities
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Plan and design interior environments for boats, planes, buses, trains, and other enclosed spaces.
    Skills
    • 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.

    • Critical Thinking

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

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    6
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    5
    Abilities
    • Originality

      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.

    • Fluency of Ideas

      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).

    • Near Vision

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

    Knowledge
    • Design

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

    • Building and Construction

      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

      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.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $54,210/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $26.06/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 2,250
    • Yearly Projected Openings 230
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Artistic: People interested in this work like activities that include creating, designing, and making your own rules. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Innovation
    • Dependability
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Cooperation
    • Initiative
    Tools
    • Triangles
    • Tape measures
    • Tablet computers
    • Scanners
    • Scales
    Technology
    • Video creation and editing software
    • Project management software
    • Graphics or photo imaging software
    • Electronic mail software
    • Computer aided design CAD software
    Tags
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.