CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Interior Designers

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Designers
Benchmark Title: Interior Designers
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Plan, design, and furnish interiors of residential, commercial, or industrial buildings. Formulate design which is practical, aesthetic, and conducive to intended purposes, such as raising productivity, selling merchandise, or improving life style. May specialize in a particular field, style, or phase of interior design. Estimate material requirements and costs, and present design to client for approval.
 
Confer with client to determine factors affecting planning interior environments, such as budget, architectural preferences, and purpose and function.
 
Advise client on interior design factors such as space planning, layout and utilization of furnishings or equipment, and color coordination.
 
Select or design, and purchase furnishings, art works, and accessories.
 
Formulate environmental plan to be practical, esthetic, and conducive to intended purposes, such as raising productivity or selling merchandise.
 
Subcontract fabrication, installation, and arrangement of carpeting, fixtures, accessories, draperies, paint and wall coverings, art work, furniture, and related items.
 
Render design ideas in form of paste-ups or drawings.
 
Plan and design interior environments for boats, planes, buses, trains, and other enclosed spaces.
 
Coordinate with other professionals, such as contractors, architects, engineers, and plumbers, to ensure job success.
 
Review and detail shop drawings for construction plans.
 
Use computer-aided drafting (CAD) and related software to produce construction documents.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Designers
Benchmark Title: Interior Designers
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Building and Construction Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
Sales and Marketing Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
 
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
 
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
 
Fine Arts Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
 
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
 
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Economics and Accounting Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Designers
Benchmark Title: Interior Designers
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
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.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
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.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
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.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
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.
 
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
 
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.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Designers
Benchmark Title: Interior Designers
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
 
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Designers
Benchmark Title: Interior Designers
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
20-20 Technologies 20-20 Design Computer aided design CAD software
 
Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software Graphics or photo imaging software
 
AutoDesSys form Z Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Autodesk 3ds Max Video creation and editing software
 
Autodesk Architectural Desktop Computer aided design CAD software
 
Autodesk AutoCAD software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Autodesk Revit Architecture Computer aided design CAD software
 
Autodesk VIZ Computer aided design CAD software
 
Email software Electronic mail software
 
Google SketchUp Computer aided design CAD software
 
Graphisoft ArchiCAD Computer aided design CAD software
 
IBM Lotus Notes Electronic mail software
 
MAXON CINEMA 4D Video creation and editing software
 
McNeel Rhino software Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
 
Microsoft Office software Office suite software
 
Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation software
 
Microsoft Word Word processing software
 
VectorWorks Designer Computer aided design CAD software
 
Web browser software Internet browser software
 
iPhotoMEASURE software Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Architects' scales Scales
 
Computer aided design CAD multi-unit display graphics cards Graphics or video accelerator cards
 
Desktop computers Desktop computers
 
Digital camcorders Digital camcorders or video cameras
 
Digital cameras Digital cameras
 
Digital tape measures Tape measures
 
Drafting scales Scales
 
Drafting triangles Triangles
 
Electronic scales Scales
 
Graphics tablets Tablet computers
 
Laptop computers Notebook computers
 
Personal computers Personal computers
 
Personal digital assistants PDA Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers
 
Plotters Plotter printers
 
Precision tape measures Tape measures
 
Print servers Print servers
 
Protractors Protractors
 
Scanners Scanners
 
T squares T squares
 
Tablet computers Tablet computers
 
Three-dimensional laser digitizers Scanners
 
Triangles Triangles
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Designers
Benchmark Title: Interior Designers
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Bachelor's Degree
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training None
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Designers
Benchmark Title: Interior Designers
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Certified Kitchen Designer
Color Expert
Color and Materials Designer
Commercial Interior Designer
Decorating Consultant
Decorator
Designer
Director of Interiors
Environmental Designer
Furniture Arranger
Home Decorator
Home Designer
Home Lighting Adviser
House Designer
Interior Decorator
Interior Design Consultant
Interior Design Coordinator
Interior Design Director
Interior Designer
Kitchen Designer
Kitchen and Bath Designer
Lighting Designer
Residential Designer
Room Designer
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Designers
Benchmark Title: Interior Designers
 
 
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