Are people always complimenting your style?

Do your friends always come to you for redecorating tips?

Are you the first to volunteer when someone is rearranging furniture?

If so, interior design might be your forte!

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But how do you know if you'd enjoy actually being an interior designer? What exactly does the job entail?

What Do They Do?

They make indoor spaces functional, safe, and beautiful by:

  • Planning a space

  • Developing plans for furniture layout

  • Selecting essential and decorative items, such as colors, lighting, and materials

  • Bringing the vision to life!

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What Does A Typical Day Look Like?

On any given day an interior designer might:

  • Meet with new clients

  • Create design boards, usually with a computer program

  • Consider function and safety for their designs

  • Source suppliers and contractors

  • Communicate and update clients

Hear from Aaron, an interior designer, what the job entails behind the scenes:

Where Can You Get Work As An Interior Designer?

As an interior designer you can choose to work:

  • In specialized design services

  • As a self-employed worker

  • In architectural, engineering, and related services

  • In wholesale trade

  • At furniture stores

Most interior designers work in offices, but technology has changed the way many designers work. Rather than using drafting tables, interior designers now use complex software to create two-dimensional or three-dimensional images.

Interior designers also travel to clients' design sites.

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What Can I Expect To Earn?

Cartoon Canadian Flag In Canada, the average salary for Interior Designer is $49,742/year (CAD).

Cartoon American Flag In the U.S., the average salary for Interior Designer is $50,271/year (USD).

You'll Love It If...

  • You enjoy meeting clients and discussing ideas.

  • You can envision designs when looking at an empty room.

  • You are a creative problem solver.

  • You are flexible to adjust to your clients' needs, even at the last minute.

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Look For Another Career Path If...

  • You prefer to work totally alone. Interior design is a collaboration of many experts.

  • You cannot prioritize when there are number of projects going on simultaneously.

  • You don't organize your contacts, files and folders.

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