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Interior Designers
District Of Columbia

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Plan, design, and furnish interiors of residential, commercial, or industrial buildings. Formulate design which is practical, aesthetic, and conducive to intended purposes, such as raising productivity, selling merchandise, or improving life style. May specialize in a particular field, style, or phase of interior design.

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Currently Employed: 600

Projected Annual Job Openings: 30

Typical Hourly Wage: $25.36 - $41.69

Typical Annual Salary: $52,800 - $86,700

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Typical education needed for entry: Bachelor's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • Confer with client to determine factors affecting planning interior environments, such as budget, architectural preferences, and purpose and function.
  • Advise client on interior design factors such as space planning, layout and use of furnishings or equipment, and color coordination.
  • Review and detail shop drawings for construction plans.
  • Coordinate with other professionals, such as contractors, architects, engineers, and plumbers, to ensure job success.
  • Estimate material requirements and costs, and present design to client for approval.
  • Subcontract fabrication, installation, and arrangement of carpeting, fixtures, accessories, draperies, paint and wall coverings, art work, furniture, and related items.
  • Formulate environmental plan to be practical, esthetic, and conducive to intended purposes, such as raising productivity or selling merchandise.
  • Select or design, and purchase furnishings, art works, and accessories.
  • Render design ideas in form of paste-ups or drawings.
  • Use computer-aided drafting (CAD) and related software to produce construction documents.

tools & technology

  • Scales
  • Scanners
  • Tablet computers
  • Tape measures
  • Triangles

  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • Electronic mail software
  • Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Office suite software
  • Video creation and editing software

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