Careers in Interior Design

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Depending on which area of specialization within interior design you choose, you can expect to use skills in graphic communication, architectural drawing, interior and space planning, and basic mathematics and writing skills.

What will I do on the job?

You will assume a variety of roles and responsibilities, depending upon where you are employed. Designers assess and analyze the needs of clients, and create and implement design solutions. They work on business, sales and marketing strategies, and deal with merchandise related to client projects.

What skills will I use on the job?

This field requires critical thinking, strong interpersonal and communication skills, and a broad knowledge base in design and business concepts, as well as technical expertise in design.

Who will hire me?

You may work in a variety of settings, including interior design studios, wholesale and retail sales, lighting, kitchen and bath design, or universal design. You may choose to be a designer employed in a firm, or own your own business.

How much can I earn?

Starting annual salaries in the Portland area range from approximately $21,000 to $25,000. Salary is commensurate with experience. Some employers supplement salaries with commissions and the “sky is the limit” if you own your business.