Employment Opportunities for Interior Designers
With a powerful portfolio and your qualifications, you should be ready to impress your potential employers or some private clients with your professionalism.
You have just gone through a solid and sound foundation course and have learned valuable skills and capabilities that you can take to any worthy workplace. Your prospects should be high, but it all depends on how you approach the issue.
Interior design is a profession that has many branches and tentacles. Deciding on a niche to choose is really not that difficult. Just think about it. Think of the hundreds of things that come to play in interior design and décor.
If you start from the simple things like drapery or other soft furnishings, for example, you can decide to specialize in custom window treatment production or simple upholstery tasks and execute such for your private clients.
If you don’t want to sit in an office just creating designs using software, and prefer to be out there where it’s "all happening", here are some career and job opportunities available in the interior design industry which you can think about and possibly pursue.
As a freelance interior designer, you are self-employed. The services you provide will involve a lot of consultancy or supervisory services.
You have the opportunity to work directly with mainly private individuals or very small private companies that will appreciate your professionalism.
Real Estate Industry
Career opportunities in the real estate industry include working for professional builders, property developers, kitchens manufacturers, and retailers, architects, civil engineers, custom furniture manufacturers, flooring manufacturers, interior design firms, etc…
Home Improvement Departments
You can also Work as a designer for large retail stores home improvement departments, home improvement stores, manufacturers of home elements such as bathrooms, wardrobes, fitted furniture, and the like.
You will have the duty to interact with their clients to help them with space planning projects, partial or complete makeovers, renovations, and other related matter.
Building Industry's Associated Firms
There are great job opportunities with some of the top architectural practices and interior design firms of repute, and you will have the chance to work alongside their senior personnel as an interior designer.
Interior designers can advise clients on décor choices or do purchasing services on their behalf, specializing in furniture and furnishings for interior décor items.
Project Management or Supervisory Services
You can act as a supervisor for custom design tasks or better still, as a project manager, managing a project that’s fairly sizeable.
Career Prospects in Interior Design Niches
When you become an interior designer, you have the option of specializing in any niche in the interior design industry. Niches are extensive and most of them are areas you'll probably enjoy working in.
- Interior lighting design
- Television shows
- Journalism (writing for design magazines and publications)
- Painting (effects & techniques)
- CAD software specialists using AutoCAD, Autodesk, etc...
- 3D modelling
- Home improvement materials distributor
- Interior design lecturing (university, college, or high school)
- Commercial Interior Design
- Exhibition Design
- Studio Design
- Institutional Interior Design
- Residential Interior Designer
- Kitchen and Bath Design
- Facility Management
- Landscape and garden design
- Hospitality Design (for restaurants, hotels, clubs, motels, resorts, bars)
It is evident that the job of an interior designer goes far beyond being a decorator as there are many areas you can fit into when charting your career path towards this field.
The options as you can see from the few listed above are almost limitless.
Interior design also offers great opportunities for anyone that wishes to be self-employed, or one that can only work part-time. It is one of the few professions where you can start your business from home with barely any investment.
Professional Association You Can Join
It’s good to know that after completion of your interior design education, you can plan towards the NCIDQ Examination for Interior Designers.
Asides completing a formal program of study, you must go through a period of supervised work experience in the interior design industry before being eligible to take the examination.
The NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) is the highly coveted credential of choice for interior designers. The examination comprises 3 sections:
- Interior Design Fundamentals Exam (IDFX)
- Interior Design Professional Exam (IDPX)
- Interior Design Practicum (PRAC)
If you are preparing for your professional registration examination, you may find this book - , recommended by the NCIDQ, extremely useful and helpful in your interior design studies. Professional Practice for Interior Designers
The Great News
It is claimed that employment opportunities for interior designers will increase by 19 percent between now and 2020.
Designers will be in higher demand and will be required to respond to consumer expectations of today and the future.
Residential and commercial interiors must meet certain conditions, such as being more functional, downsized, environmentally friendly, and more efficient. This only implies that the interior design industry will continue to flourish.
Do you think you are ready for a high flying career in the interior design industry?
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