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INTERIOR DESIGNER/OWNER, IN-DEPTH: Sometimes You Have To Be A Mind Reader

About this video 

Vanessa, an Interior Designer and business owner, discusses what she loves most about her job, its challenges, key realizations, how hard it is to get a job in her field, and work-life balance. She loves that every job and every client is unique. Advises: it's not too difficult to get an entry-level job; the challenge is to be successful and profitable.

Degree: Interior Design - Home Economics Education
Job Title: Interior Designer/Owner

Job Summary: Interior Designers

Job Description

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.

On-the-Job Training

None

Additional Info

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.

Certification Requirement
Voluntary certification in an interior design specialty, such as kitchens and baths, allows interior designers to demonstrate their expertise in a particular area of interior design.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$25,000 - $85,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
10 to 20 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Flexible, Full-time, Part-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Office
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Artistic, Creativity, Detail oriented, People skills, Problem solving skills, Organizational skills, Verbal communication skills

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m='38450'>trying</span> <span m='38800'>to</span> <span m='38880'>figure</span> <span m='39370'>it</span> <span m='39450'>out</span> <span m='39710'>between</span> <span m='40630'>the</span> <span m='40750'>lines</span> <span m='41240'>of</span> <span m='41320'>what</span> <span m='41490'>people</span> <span m='41780'>are</span> <span m='41810'>actually</span> <span m='42320'>saying</span> <span m='42860'>to</span> <span m='42980'>you.</span> <span m='44020'>So</span> <span m='44280'>that</span> <span m='44470'>can</span> <span m='44640'>be</span> <span m='44750'>challenging.</span> </p><p><span m='45730'>And</span> <span m='45880'>then</span> <span m='46000'>of</span> <span m='46180'>course,</span> <span m='46520'>the</span> <span m='46620'>business</span> <span m='47160'>aspect</span> <span m='47860'>of</span> <span m='47980'>things</span> <span m='48350'>can</span> <span m='48490'>be</span> <span m='48620'>challenging,</span> <span m='49760'>learning</span> <span m='50410'>how</span> <span m='50800'>to</span> <span m='52030'>deal</span> <span m='52350'>with</span> <span m='52540'>money,</span> <span m='53120'>and</span> <span m='53330'>budgets,</span> <span m='54040'>and</span> <span m='54150'>keep</span> <span m='54380'>people</span> <span m='54720'>happy,</span> <span m='55110'>and</span> <span m='55220'>keep</span> <span m='55500'>things</span> <span m='55790'>on</span> <span m='55950'>schedule,</span> <span m='56630'>and</span> <span m='56780'>time.</span> <span m='58760'>That</span> <span m='58980'>can</span> <span m='59120'>be</span> <span m='59270'>a</span> <span m='59320'>big</span> <span m='59590'>challenge.</span> </p><p><span m='61050'>A</span> <span m='61160'>couple</span> <span m='61570'>of</span> <span m='61840'>key</span> <span m='62430'>points</span> <span m='63020'>in</span> <span m='63270'>my</span> <span m='63690'>life,</span> <span m='64200'>the</span> <span m='64330'>first</span> <span m='64890'>of</span> <span 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m='143410'>a</span> <span m='143460'>big</span> <span m='143750'>challenge,</span> <span m='146560'>because</span> <span m='146830'>I</span> <span m='147090'>work</span> <span m='147410'>a</span> <span m='147480'>lot</span> <span m='147910'>of</span> <span m='148060'>hours.</span> <span m='149050'>But</span> <span m='149200'>that</span> <span m='149410'>being</span> <span m='149670'>said,</span> <span m='150460'>I</span> <span m='150650'>like</span> <span m='151100'>what</span> <span m='151280'>I</span> <span m='151370'>do,</span> <span m='151740'>so</span> <span m='151970'>it</span> <span m='152070'>doesn't</span> <span m='152390'>necessarily</span> <span m='152960'>feel</span> <span m='153410'>like</span> <span m='153640'>I'm</span> <span m='153830'>off</span> <span m='154020'>balance,</span> <span m='154550'>because</span> <span m='154870'>it</span> <span m='154970'>makes</span> <span m='155230'>me</span> <span m='155350'>happy.</span> <span m='158470'>And it will</span> <span m='158730'>vary</span> <span m='159110'>depending</span> <span m='159840'>on</span> <span m='159950'>who</span> <span m='160190'>you</span> <span m='160360'>work</span> <span m='160700'>for,</span> <span m='161610'>but</span> <span m='163560'>often</span> <span m='164070'>times,</span> <span m='164690'>it</span> <span m='164850'>does</span> <span m='165120'>require</span> <span m='165660'>a</span> <span m='165720'>lot</span> <span m='166010'>of</span> <span m='166230'>work.</span> <span m='167020'>But</span> <span m='167170'>if</span> <span m='167310'>you</span> <span m='167640'>love</span> <span m='167900'>what</span> <span m='168070'>you're</span> <span m='168210'>doing,</span> <span m='168580'>it</span> <span m='168690'>doesn't</span> <span m='169010'>necessarily</span> <span m='169610'>feel</span> <span m='169910'>like work.</span> </p>","file":{"id":290688,"video_id":"2710590696001","name":"1188-Vanessa-InteriorDesign2","duration":172014,"thumbnail_url":null}});