Career Information

Interior Design is a rewarding career. It is vibrant, vital and dynamic! As our world changes and evolves, design keeps pace. Styles transition, our opinions change, careers shift, and the composition of our families and households also change. It is exciting to be fluent in the language of design, to know the historic roots of design and to understand the language of current design expressions. Interior Design is a lifelong rewarding profession. An Interior Designer plans for the necessities of a space relating to the issues of safety, function and aesthetics. A designer combines knowledge with creative vision, to develop solutions that meet the needs of the people using the space.

Interior Designers provide the following services:

  • Determine project goals and objectives
  • Analyze client’s needs and life safety requirements
  • Formulate preliminary design concepts
  • Generate ideas for both functional and aesthetic possibilities
  • Develop documents and specifications relative to interior spaces in compliance with building and safety codes
  • Create illustrations and renderings
  • Present final design recommendations of interior construction, materials, finishes, furnishings, fixtures, and equipment
  • Collaborate with other professionals in the technical areas of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing trades.
  • Monitor construction and installation

Contract or Commercial Design

  • Corporate design
  • Facilities management
  • Entertainment design
  • Health care design
  • Educational design
  • Hospitality and restaurant design
  • Institutional and governmental design
  • Retail and store planning

Residential Interior Design

  • Single family residence
  • Multi-dwelling complexes
  • Retirement housing
  • Assisted-living quarters
  • Model homes/real estate
  • Storage design
  • Recreational and therapeutic design
  • Kitchen and bath design

Design and the Media

  • Design Publisher, Editor or Writer
  • Designer on Television
  • Theater and Set Designer


  • Furniture and Furnishing sales & management
  • Catalogue Merchandiser
  • Design Showroom Owner or Manager
  • Retailers Manufacturers Representative
  • Product and Furniture Designer

Approaches to Interior Design

  • Universal Design is based on knowledge that relates to both human and design factors. This approach fosters opportunities for as many people as possible to have access to good design.
  • Green Design often categorized as sustainable design, has a goal of being socially responsible. Its focus is to preserve the natural environment and its resources, through innovative design and technology