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Interior Designer do?

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Other common names for this position: Certified Interior Designer, Interior Decorating Consultant, Interior Design Project Manager, Building Space Planner, Home Decorator, Home Decorating Consultant, Colour Consultant - Home Decorating, Decorating Consultant, Home Organizer, Interior Space Designer, Space Management Consultant

Description

Interior Designers and Decorators bring life to interior spaces and upgrade their aesthetical and practical features. While Interior Decorators mostly focus on the visual aspect of a room, Interior Designers rethink the space distribution, as well as its practicality and organization.


Some of the work of an Interior Designer resembles that of an Architect, as it has more to do with construction work rather than aesthetical embellishments; meaning Interior Designers have to understand and comply with all current and applicable building regulations. Interior Designers may also provide consulting services for other related purposes, such as colour choices or materials to be used.


Interior Designers and Decorators are mostly known for their residential and industrial work, but they also intervene in all kinds of interior spaces where their expert insight is needed.

Career Path

There's no universal way to climb up the career ladder.
Career paths often vary from one individual to another, yet some similarities usually stand out.
Hence, the typical career path for Interior Designer would look like the one pictured here. 989 resumes.

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Previous Careers

  • Intern Architect
  • Interior Design Intern
  • Intern Interior Designer


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Career Opportunities

  • Architect
  • Interior Design Consultant

Career Path

There's no universal way to climb up the career ladder.
Career paths often vary from one individual to another, yet some similarities usually stand out.
Hence, the typical career path for Interior Designers would look like the one pictured here.


1

2
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Previous Careers

  • Intern Architect
  • Interior Design Intern
  • Intern Interior Designer

Interior Designer


Career Opportunities

  • Architect
  • Interior Design Consultant

Primary Responsibilities

Here’s a non-exhaustive list of common tasks Interior Designers are required to complete.


  • Meeting with their clients and visiting the space they’ve been assigned to redesign so as to better identify what changes need to be made and how it can be done.
  • Liaising with their clients and keeping them up-to-date throughout the whole project:
  • Advising their clients on the best materials to use based on their tastes, budget, or any other relevant requirement.
  • Overseeing multiple projects at varying stages of completion, when necessary, ensuring all deadlines and specifications are met:
  • Ordering the required materials and equipment, as well as hiring the necessary staff;
  • supervising every step of the project, ensuring everyone’s contribution integrates as one unique work; and
  • liaising with clients, suppliers, colleagues, and subcontractors (e.g. Painters and Electricians).
  • Designing innovative interior spaces that meet the clients’ budget and requirements, both in terms of functionality and aesthetics:
  • Rethinking the space distribution for it to be more practical and aligned with its intended purpose;
  • sketching out plans and making models, using drawing boards and specialized tools or computerized software;
  • mapping out the location of existing and envisioned walls, windows, doors, electrical outlets, and lighting fixtures;
  • deciding on any special materials to be applied on walls, floors, and ceilings;
  • ensuring plans are compliant with all applicable building regulations and safety codes; and
  • promoting eco-friendly practices and materials and employing them whenever possible.
  • Drafting any written documentation related to the project, including agreements, invoices, meeting documentation, and memos:
  • Reviewing the aforementioned documents for compliance with building codes and regulations;
  • ensuring project documentation and contracts are in compliance with the standards set by the board in charge of the project, if any;
  • overseeing coordination and quality assurance of documents required to complete the project or one of its phases; and
  • ensuring documents correspond with the design’s intent.
  • Keeping up-to-date on the industry’s current trends and recent developments in terms of techniques, materials, and tools.

Daily Tasks

  • Consulting with clients to create the best design according to their requirements.
  • Estimating costs and materials.
  • Liaising with clients and construction staff in order to comply with the client’s needs in an established timeline and with an assigned budget.
  • Sketching out plans and making models.
  • Ordering the necessary materials.
  • Keeping the client up-to-date throughout the entire project.
Salary
$54,714

The average Interior Designer salary is $54,714 per year or $28 per hour. This is around 1.7 times more than the Median wage of the country. Entry level positions start at $38,000 while most experienced workers make up to $77,000. These results are based on 78 salaries extracted from job descriptions.

$54,714
$77,000
$38,000
Deductions
Deductions
Gross Salary64,584.77 $
CPP- 2,479.95 $
EI- 930.60 $
Federal Tax- 8,697.17 $
Provincial Tax- 4,161.23 $
Total Tax- 16,268.95 $
Net Pay*48,315.83 $
In Ontario, Canada, if you make 64,584.77 $ a year, you will be taxed 16,268.95 $. That means that your take home pay will be 48,315.83 $ per year, or 4,026.32 $ per month. Your average tax rate is 25.19% and your marginal tax rate is 31.15%.
* Deductions are calculated based on the tables of Ontario, Canada income tax.
Required Skills and Qualifications
  • Creativity and a strong artistic sense, always willing to try out new ideas.
  • Interpersonal and communication skills:
  • Communicating clearly, both verbally and in writing, in order to convey clear instructions, as well as having effective listening skills as to understand the client’s requests;
  • displaying strong customer service skills, as well as leadership; and
  • being able to work cohesively with Architects and construction staff.
  • Organizational and time management skills:
  • Having strong multitasking skills; being able to work under pressure in a dynamic, fast-paced environment;
  • having time management and prioritization skills in order to satisfy the client’s needs;
  • being highly responsible, reliable, and organized; and
  • being detail-oriented and structured.
  • Self-motivated and willing to work independently, as well as working within a multi-disciplinary team environment.
  • Physical strength:
  • Being able to sit, stand, walk, bend, crouch, and kneel for several hours; and
  • rearranging furniture when necessary.

Aside from the skills listed above, in order to become a successful Interior Designer, a person needs to be creative, artistic, and have good instincts. Most employers require Interior Designers to have completed a post-graduate degree in Interior Design, Visual Arts, or any other certification that yields the necessary knowledge and skills. Candidates who are registered in the Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) association will also have a slight edge over other applicants.


As technology now plays a bigger part in this field, it’s important for Interior Designer to be aware of the latest state-of-the-art software, which they can do by attending specialized courses and seminars or pursuing complementary degrees. An advanced knowledge of the Adobe Suite (e.g. Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator) and Office Suite (e.g. Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel) is fundamental, along with other advanced tools like buildingSMART, Building Information Modelling (BIM), Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), as well as other relevant 3D Modelling software applications.


Interior Designers spend quite some time expanding their network, which is a crucial asset for them to secure contracts. Talent and experience are also highly-valued in this field. A great way for them to showcase their skills and prove their proficiency in all areas of Interior Design is to gather all of their strongest work into a rich, professional portfolio. As for experience, Junior Interior Designers are required to have a minimum of 4 to 6 years of experience in the area, while Senior Interior Designers are required to have at least 10 years of experience.


Popular Certifications
Wonder how long it takes for Interior Designers to complete their studies? Here’s a list of the most popular degrees and diplomas.

(Ranked by popularity)

  • Bachelor in Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • Certificate in Interior Design
Job Offers
There are currently 354 available job offers for the Interior Designer position on neuvoo.ca. Below is a list of available jobs, based on Canada's most populated metropolitan areas.