Interior designers plan and design spaces in residential, commercial, retail and leisure environments.
Chances of getting a job as an interior designer are average as competition for vacancies is strong.
1-3 years of training usually required.
Interior designers with one to five years' experience usually earn $45K-$65K per year Senior interior designers with more than five years' experience usually earn $65K-$95K per year
discuss design ideas and provide advice to clients, analyse clients' requirements, plan and design, building interiors, rooms, shops, and residential and leisure spaces, plan interior infrastructure such as lighting, air-conditioning and communication cabling, prepare drawings, samples and decorating instructions, advise on hiring tradespeople, design furniture or fittings, work with architects and other contractors at the early stages of designing an interior space.
Interior designers may do some or all of the following:
To become an interior designer you usually need a degree or diploma in interior design, spatial design or interior architecture. Some employers may also accept people with degrees in related areas such as architecture or industrial design.
To enter tertiary training, a university entrance qualification is required. Useful subjects include art and art history, English, graphics, computing and maths.
Many tertiary providers require design students to present a portfolio of work when applying for a place on a course.
Personal requirementsInterior designers need to be:
accurate, with an eye for detail
able to inspire confidence in their clients
able to accept criticism.