Interior Designer
Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
11d ago

Pay for interior designers depends on the company they work for and how much experience they have.

  • Interior designers with one to five years' experience usually earn between $45,000 and $65,000 a year.
  • Senior interior designers with more than five years' experience usually earn between $65,000 and $95,000.
  • Self-employed interior designers may earn more than this.

    Source : Hays, '2015 Hays Salary Guide', 2015.

    This information is a guide only. )

    What you will do

    Interior designers may do some or all of the following :

  • discuss design ideas and provide advice to clients
  • analyse clients' requirements
  • plan and design building interiors, rooms, shops, and residential and leisure spaces
  • plan interior infrastructure such as lighting, air-conditioning and communication cabling
  • prepare drawings, samples and decorating instructions
  • advise on hiring tradespeople
  • design furniture or fittings
  • work with architects and other contractors at the early stages of designing an interior space.
  • Skills and knowledge

    Interior designers need to have :

  • knowledge of past and present styles of architecture, design and decorating
  • knowledge of interior materials such as paint, fabrics and glass
  • knowledge of building regulations
  • the ability to analyse client requirements and fit the design to a client (ergonomics)
  • design, drawing and presentation skills.
  • Interior designers :

  • usually work regular business hours, but may need to work evenings and weekends to meet deadlines
  • work in design studios and on-site at private, public and commercial properties.
  • Entry requirements

    To become an interior designer you usually need a degree or diploma in interior design, spatial design or interior architecture.

    Some employers may also accept people with degrees in related areas such as architecture or industrial design.

    Secondary education

    To enter tertiary training, a university entrance qualification is required. Useful subjects include art and art history, English, graphics, computing and maths.

    Many tertiary providers require design students to present a portfolio of work when applying for a place on a course.

    Personal requirements

    Interior designers need to be :

  • creative
  • accurate, with an eye for detail
  • good communicators
  • able to inspire confidence in their clients
  • able to accept criticism.
  • Useful experience

    Useful experience for interior designers includes :

  • any work related to rebuilding or refitting building interiors
  • industrial design or other design work
  • architecture or architectural draughting work.
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