While there are many different careers in interior design and several exciting and rewarding career paths that an interior designer can chose to follow, quite often an interior designer will decide to specialize in more than one area of practice. Interior designers enjoy using their creativity, knowledge, and research skills, as well as their desire to be socially accountable, globally aware, and responsible to the environment, by designing a wide range of interior spaces including those found in hotels, restaurants, hospitals, nightclubs, stores, medical offices, showrooms, museums, shopping centers, health clubs, spas, libraries, and homes.
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Skills You'll Develop
- Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
- Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
- Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
- Service Orientation: Actively looking for ways to help people.
- Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
- Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
- Operations Analysis: Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
- Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
- Negotiation: Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
- Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
- Time Management: Managing one's own time and the time of others.
- Management of Personnel Resources: Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
- Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
- Instructing: Teaching others how to do something.
- Management of Material Resources: Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
- Management of Financial Resources: Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
- Systems Analysis: Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
- Learning Strategies: Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Common Areas of Employment
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