Flexibility: High

Social Engagement: High

What’s What: Are you constantly rearranging your furniture? Your friend’s furniture? A little obsessed with feng shui?

Amava Take: If you love project-based team efforts, design, color, fabrics, textures and furniture, you might consider a career as an interior designer. Home or business redecoration and new construction projects are greatly enhanced by the talented eye of an Interior Designer. You can work with contractors, realtors, architects and of course clients to develop a vision and make it happen. It takes some work to become qualified, but this is a creative, enormously rewarding and flexible way to stay engaged and productive.

From the Front Lines:

What kinds of candidates are you looking for to fill these jobs?

Dynamic, creative people with strong vision.

Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?

Spend time online and on well-curated instagram accounts to stay up to date with latest trends from around the globe.

What’s a typical daily schedule like?

Variable depending upon your client-base and project load.

From the Trenches:

What’s the most satisfying part of the job?

Finding the right element that brings a room together.

How would you describe the hard parts?

Coordinating the preferences of all the stakeholders can be tricky, but communication is key.

Wallpaper or paint?

Wallpaper! It’s back!

Special Requirements: You can work as an interior decorator without a specific license or degree. To work as an interior designer,  you have to have a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design or Architecture. It is also highly recommended that you take and pass a state-approved exam, typically the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) exam. Eligibility and other information can be found here.

Finding a Position: Here’s some information about getting started in an interior design career. Networking with contractors, architects and connecting directly with clients and realtors are the best ways to get your practice going. When people do a home or office project, they tend to look for a quality team of professionals. Here’s a national source of interior design jobs and here’s another interior design focused job listing site.