Vanessa, an Interior Designer who owns her own business, talks about her work remodeling people's homes. It's a highly creative and artistic job that also requires business skills and detail-orientation. After studying Home Economics Education in college, Vanessa taught interior design at the high school level. She realized that she wanted to be more hands-on in the field, so she started her own business. She advises: really let your imagination go, and figure out how you want your life to be. Don't be afraid to make a mistake! You can always change your mind later.
Interior designers make interior spaces functional, safe, and beautiful for almost every type of building: offices, homes, airport terminals, shopping malls, and restaurants. They select and specify colors, finishes, fabrics, furniture, flooring and wallcoverings, lighting, and other materials to create useful and stylish interiors for buildings.
Licensure requirements vary by state. Many states have laws that restrict the use of the title “interior designer.” For example, in these states, both licensed and unlicensed designers may do interior design work. But only those who pass their state-approved exam, most commonly the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) exam, may call themselves registered interior designers.
The NCIDQ exam is the nationally recognized exam required for licensure. (California requires a different exam, administered by the California Council for Interior Design Certification.) Qualification to take the exam include a combination of education and experience. Typically, applicants have at least a bachelor’s degree in interior design plus 2 years of experience.
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