Interior designers perform some or all of the following duties:
A. Consult with clients to determine needs, preferences, safety requirements and purpose of space
B. Develop detailed plans and 3-D models showing arrangement of walls, dividers, displays, lighting and other fixtures using computer-assisted design (CAD) software and graphics software
C. Develop plans, elevations, cross sections and detailed drawings, and advise on selection of colours, finishes and materials, floor and wall coverings, interior and exterior lighting, furniture and other items, taking into account ergonomic and occupational health standards
D. Estimate costs and materials required and may advise on leasing, real estate and marketing
E. Prepare plans and specifications for the final interior designs in accordance with current practices and codes
F. Work in a multidisciplinary environment
G. May direct site work crews and subcontractors.
H. Interior designers may specialize in designing interiors for residential, commercial, institutional, cultural and industrial buildings and for aircraft, ships or trains, trade shows and exhibitions.
1. You usually need a university degree or college diploma in interior design or architectural design. You must demonstrate your creative abilities through a portfolio of your work.
2. You also may be required to register with the Interior Design Association in the province/territory you'll be working.
3. Specialization is possible through specific university or college training or through experience.
4. Most recent entrants have a community college diploma.
3. Visual Arts
The average hourly wages for Interior Designers is $18.71/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the art, culture, recreation and sport sector and are close to the average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at a below-average rate from 2002 to 2004.