Careers in Interior Design
If you choose a career in design, you choose a career with a number of different pathways to explore. Design can take you into graphics and multimedia or into industrial and commercial design.
Attending a School
Interior design involves the artistic and functional collaboration between aesthetics and artistic principles and functionality of living and working spaces. Because of this, some of the classes you’ll most likely take include art history, design, color, commercial space, residential space, and modern design principles.
Other classes you may take include
– Spatial relationships and planning
– Color and fabrics
– Drawing and computer-aided drawing
Completing a bachelor’s degree in interior design may qualify you to begin a one to three year apprenticeship program that allows you hands-on experience to start applying coursework to actual interior design work.
Certification within the interior design field allows you to specialize. Training seminars and certification exams are available in kitchen and bath design. Other specializations include working with commercial space and residential space to install the latest modern technology, or working in assisted living facilities as the population ages.
However, competition is expected to be keen as more talented, artistic and business savvy graduates enter the field. A degree from an interior design school can give you a leg up in finding a job in the field. In 2010, interior designers made a mean annual wage of just over $50,000 (http://www.bls.gov/). The industries employing the highest numbers of interior designers included specialty design firms; architectural, engineering and related services; and retail stores.