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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.
 Tools & Technology
 Tools used in this occupation:
 
  • Tape measures
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  • Graphics or video accelerator cards
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  • Print servers
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  • Notebook computers
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  • Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers
  •  Technology used in this occupation:
     
  • Computer aided design CAD software
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  • Graphics or photo imaging software
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  • Electronic mail software
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  • Video creation and editing software
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  • Internet browser software
  •  Tasks
     
  • Estimate material requirements and costs, and present design to client for approval.
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  • Confer with client to determine factors affecting planning interior environments, such as budget, architectural preferences, and purpose and function.
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  • Advise client on interior design factors such as space planning, layout and use of furnishings or equipment, and color coordination.
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  • Select or design, and purchase furnishings, art works, and accessories.
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  • Formulate environmental plan to be practical, esthetic, and conducive to intended purposes, such as raising productivity or selling merchandise.
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  • Subcontract fabrication, installation, and arrangement of carpeting, fixtures, accessories, draperies, paint and wall coverings, art work, furniture, and related items.
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  • Render design ideas in form of paste-ups or drawings.
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  • Plan and design interior environments for boats, planes, buses, trains, and other enclosed spaces.
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  • Coordinate with other professionals, such as contractors, architects, engineers, and plumbers, to ensure job success.
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  • Review and detail shop drawings for construction plans.
  •  Skills
     
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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  • 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.
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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
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  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
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  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
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  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
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  • Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
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  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  •  Knowledge
     
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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  • 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.
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  • Fine Arts - Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
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  • 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.
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     Education & Training
      Education:   Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
      Related Experience:   A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
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     Wage Information
     
    Region Average Entry Level  Mid-Range 
    Annual  Hourly 
    Danbury $44,203.00 $21.25  $11.65  $12.08 - $27.26 
    Hartford $61,984.00 $29.80  $16.91  $18.24 - $42.08 
    New Haven $58,694.00 $28.22  $17.57  $18.64 - $35.45 
    Waterbury $45,919.00 $22.08  $20.48  $20.99 - $24.24 
     Occupation Outlook ( 2016 - 2026 )
    Average Annual Job Openings:   97
      Employment in this occupation is expected to grow more slowly than average, and the number of annual openings will offer good or favorable job opportunities.
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