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INTERIOR DESIGNER, IN-DEPTH: The Challenge Of Emotions In Interior Design

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Anne, an interior designer, describes the challenges of her job, what she likes most, her key decisions, how to get into the industry, and work-life balance. She tells us that the difference between residential and commercial interior design is that you often have to deal with housewives in the residential sector, and the challenge becomes dealing with the emotions that they have invested in the project.

Degree: Interior Design
Job Title: Interior Designer

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

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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
Part-time, Full-time, Flexible
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Problem solving skills, Creativity, Verbal communication skills, Artistic, People skills, Organizational skills

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m='11930'>exactly</span> <span m='12820'>what</span> <span m='13100'>they</span> <span m='13310'>are,</span> <span m='13620'>but</span> <span m='14470'>I</span> <span m='14580'>suppose</span> <span m='14990'>in</span> <span m='15100'>this</span> <span m='15460'>career</span> <span m='16059'>you</span> <span m='16280'>are</span> <span m='16440'>dealing</span> <span m='16780'>with</span> <span m='16960'>people.</span> <span m='17800'>And</span> <span m='17990'>more</span> <span m='18240'>so</span> <span m='18620'>if</span> <span m='18760'>you're</span> <span m='18910'>dealing</span> <span m='19280'>with</span> <span m='19830'>residential</span> <span m='20590'>interior</span> <span m='21100'>design,</span> <span m='21600'>then</span> <span m='21780'>you're</span> <span m='21940'>dealing</span> <span m='22410'>with,</span> <span m='22600'>basically,</span> <span m='23070'>housewives.</span> <span m='24670'>We,</span> <span m='25350'>as</span> <span m='25560'>I'm</span> <span m='25790'>a</span> <span m='25820'>housewife</span> <span m='26390'>too,</span> <span m='26670'>can</span> <span m='26950'>be</span> <span m='27610'>wonderful</span> <span m='28360'>but</span> <span m='28820'>they can</span> <span m='29060'>be</span> <span m='29220'>very</span> <span m='29550'>difficult</span> <span m='30050'>too.</span> </p><p><span m='30730'>But</span> <span m='31210'>also</span> <span m='31590'>in</span> <span m='31780'>the</span> <span m='31880'>commercial</span> <span m='32439'>side.</span> <span m='33130'>But</span> <span m='33290'>there</span> <span m='33540'>it's</span> <span m='33600'>more</span> <span m='34010'>business</span> <span m='34530'>orientated.</span> <span m='35900'>The</span> <span m='36060'>emotion</span> <span m='37120'>doesn't</span> <span m='37450'>have</span> <span m='37660'>to</span> <span m='37780'>come</span> <span m='38080'>out,</span> <span m='38350'>doesn't</span> <span m='38730'>come</span> <span m='38960'>out</span> <span m='39280'>as</span> <span m='39440'>much.</span> <span m='40170'>And</span> <span m='40450'>what</span> <span m='40860'>I</span> <span m='40890'>like</span> <span m='41170'>about</span> <span m='41470'>the</span> <span m='41550'>job</span> <span m='41920'>is</span> <span m='42100'>part</span> <span m='42440'>of</span> <span m='42570'>the</span> <span m='42740'>creativity</span> <span m='43420'>of</span> <span m='43760'>it</span> <span m='43980'>is</span> <span m='44330'>that</span> <span m='44450'>I</span> <span m='44590'>can</span> <span m='44780'>do</span> <span m='44920'>it</span> <span m='45060'>on</span> <span m='45180'>my own</span> <span m='45600'>time.</span> <span m='46840'>I</span> <span m='46960'>don't</span> <span m='47180'>have</span> <span m='47400'>to</span> <span m='47490'>do</span> <span m='47770'>nine</span> <span m='48170'>to</span> <span m='48300'>five,</span> <span m='49290'>which</span> <span m='49590'>is</span> <span m='49720'>what</span> <span m='49910'>I</span> <span m='50090'>enjoy</span> <span m='52170'>doing,</span> <span m='52560'>so.</span> <span m='52860'>What's the</span> <span m='53315'>next one?</span> </p><p><span m='53770'>Well,</span> <span m='54000'>I</span> <span m='54080'>think</span> <span m='54350'>the</span> <span m='54470'>key</span> <span m='54760'>decisions</span> <span m='55710'>that</span> <span m='57540'>allowed</span> <span m='57850'>me</span> <span m='58060'>to</span> <span m='58150'>do</span> <span m='58420'>interior</span> <span m='58930'>design</span> <span m='60550'>is</span> <span m='62700'>the</span> <span m='62790'>fact</span> <span m='63140'>that</span> <span m='63320'>I've</span> <span m='63530'>always</span> <span m='64010'>been</span> <span m='64239'>around.</span> <span m='64910'>I've been</span> <span m='65180'>to</span> <span m='65319'>different</span> <span m='65670'>cultures.</span> <span m='66300'>I've</span> <span m='67010'>traveled</span> <span m='67480'>the</span> <span m='67570'>world</span> <span m='67950'>an</span> <span m='68070'>awful</span> <span m='68390'>lot.</span> <span m='69290'>And</span> <span m='69450'>I've</span> <span m='69560'>been</span> <span m='69750'>very</span> <span m='69990'>fortunate</span> <span m='70640'>in</span> <span m='70720'>that</span> <span m='70950'>regard.</span> <span m='71530'>And</span> <span m='71580'>so</span> <span m='71810'>therefore</span> <span m='72390'>I</span> <span m='72520'>can</span> <span m='72740'>see</span> <span m='73890'>a</span> <span m='74030'>lot.</span> <span m='74410'>I've</span> <span m='75050'>been</span> <span m='75300'>to</span> <span m='75840'>France</span> <span m='76350'>and</span> <span m='76490'>I</span> <span m='76560'>really</span> <span m='76910'>enjoy</span> <span m='78270'>all</span> <span m='78650'>the</span> <span m='79580'>art.</span> <span m='80020'>And I've</span> <span m='80320'>always</span> <span m='80620'>been</span> <span m='80950'>very</span> <span m='81230'>interested</span> <span 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m='98330'>incredibly</span> <span m='99180'>important</span> <span m='99690'>in</span> <span m='100010'>every</span> <span m='100410'>single</span> <span m='101390'>career</span> <span m='101790'>that</span> <span m='101950'>you</span> <span m='102070'>want</span> <span m='102270'>to</span> <span m='102400'>pursue</span> <span m='102990'>and</span> <span m='103190'>jobs.</span> <span m='104080'>You</span> <span m='104210'>never</span> <span m='104470'>know</span> <span m='104830'>who's</span> <span m='105240'>going</span> <span m='105490'>to</span> <span m='105680'>know</span> <span m='105920'>somebody.</span> <span m='106990'>And</span> <span m='107130'>you</span> <span m='107440'>would</span> <span m='107810'>ask</span> <span m='108230'>somebody,</span> <span m='108810'>you</span> <span m='109210'>don't</span> <span m='109390'>ask them</span> <span m='110110'>do</span> <span m='110210'>you</span> <span m='110410'>have</span> <span m='110640'>a</span> <span m='110680'>job</span> <span m='110930'>for</span> <span m='111130'>me.</span> <span m='111480'>You</span> <span m='111650'>would</span> <span m='111800'>say,</span> <span m='112120'>do you</span> <span m='112500'>know</span> <span m='112590'>anybody</span> <span m='114250'>that</span> <span m='115030'>may</span> <span m='115490'>be</span> <span m='115780'>requiring</span> <span m='116470'>an</span> <span m='116600'>interior</span> <span m='117080'>designer.</span> <span m='118340'>So</span> <span m='118540'>this</span> <span m='118840'>does</span> <span m='119080'>not</span> <span m='119360'>put</span> <span m='119740'>that</span> <span m='119970'>person</span> <span m='120420'>on</span> <span m='120670'>the</span> <span m='120770'>spot</span> <span m='121045'>that</span> <span m='121320'>they</span> <span m='121700'>feel</span> <span m='122020'>they</span> <span m='122140'>have</span> <span m='122400'>to</span> <span m='122490'>help</span> <span m='122830'>you.</span> <span m='124250'>As</span> <span m='124460'>I</span> <span m='124550'>said,</span> <span m='124960'>it's</span> <span m='125990'>a</span> <span m='126150'>wonderful</span> <span m='126670'>career</span> <span m='127100'>to have,</span> <span m='127890'>but</span> <span m='128120'>it</span> <span m='128240'>is</span> <span m='128490'>not</span> <span m='128840'>the</span> <span m='129070'>easiest</span> <span m='129530'>one.</span> </p><p><span m='130300'>What</span> <span m='130669'>is</span> <span m='130970'>your</span> <span m='131190'>work</span> <span m='131560'>life</span> <span m='132040'>balance</span> <span m='132630'>like?</span> <span m='133150'>Well</span> <span m='133420'>the</span> <span m='133540'>idea</span> <span m='134090'>about</span> <span m='134690'>this</span> <span m='135150'>career</span> <span m='135650'>is</span> <span m='135870'>that</span> <span m='136070'>you</span> <span m='136210'>can</span> <span m='136370'>balance</span> <span m='136800'>everything.</span> <span m='137270'>You</span> 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