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Interior Design Careers

The professional interior designer is qualified by education, experience and examination to enhance the function and quality of interior spaces for the purpose of improving the quality of life, increasing productivity and, protecting the health, safety and welfare of the public.

The professional interior designer:

  • analyzes the client’s needs, goals, and life safety requirements;
  • integrates findings with knowledge of interior design;
  • formulates preliminary design concepts that are aesthetic, appropriate, and functional and in accordance with codes and standards;
  • develops and presents final design recommendations through appropriate presentation media;
  • prepares working drawings and specifications for non-load bearing interior construction, reflected ceiling plans, lighting, interior detailing, materials, finishes, space planning, furnishings, fixtures, and equipment in compliance with universal accessibility guidelines and all applicable codes;
  • collaborates with professional services of other licensed practitioners in the technical areas of mechanical, electrical, and load-bearing design as required for regulatory approval;
  • prepares and administers bids and contract documents as the client’s agent; and
  • reviews and evaluates design solutions during implementation and upon completion.

For a more in-depth understanding of the chosen interior design profession, a student should take time to familiarize themselves with other components outside of the academic community. Several of these organizations offer student membership and a variety of benefits to expand the students knowledge and professional network.

ASID, American Society of Interior Designers
ASID Georgia Chapter
IIDA, the International Interior Design Association
NCIDQ, the National Council for Interior Design Qualification
NEWH, the Hospitality Industry Network
NKBA, the National Kitchen and Bath Association

What can I do with a major in interior design?

The three main interior design career paths typically include residential, commercial and specialized design. Employment opportunities are growing in architectural firms, design groups, retail stores, manufacturer’s showrooms, wholesale markets, real estate developers and specialty areas emphasizing furnishings, textiles or household products. Career opportunities may also be available with hospitality firms, computer-aided design services, furniture dealerships, restoration contractors and general contracting firms. A few of the many career options available to interior designers include:

corporate designermanufacturer’s representative
residential designerhistoric preservationist
hospitality designerfurniture/product designer
healthcare designerlighting designer
kitchen/bath designerspace planner
facilities manager

Student Chapter of American Society of Interior Designs:

Georgia Southern University has held a charter for a student chapter of ASID since the mid 80’s. This is a very active student organization on campus and one that offers the interior design major direct involvement with the oldest and largest professional interior design association. Student officers are elected and meetings are held once a month with speakers and special events. Student members participate in various community activities and professional events in Statesboro, Savannah and Atlanta. All interior design majors are encouraged to join the national organization online and to participate in the Student Chapter of ASID.

Last updated: 7/2/2019