Good interior designers are always in demand. Here is some more information on finding and securing a good job as an interior designer.
What types of jobs are out there?
There are a lot of employment opportunities for interior designers in South Africa. These jobs are mostly concentrated in the larger cities, such as Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg.
You can find numerous job opportunities through doing a simple internet search, or by looking in selected trade publications. Most of the jobs on offer are for work within commercial design companies or architecture firms.
You will find that many of the available opportunities out there are for specific design positions: you can be required to work purely as a 2-D or 3-D drafter, or as a project manager or design assistant. You can also find work as an interior design technologist, concept creator or interior design sales representative. Each of these jobs will, however, offer a different interior design salary.
What can I expect from an interior design job?
An interior designer works with interior spaces. He or she is responsible for designing aesthetic, stylish and practical work or living environments.
There is more to interior design than just making drawings and selecting furniture, however. An interior designer can also be expected to:
- Do building surveying
- Create budgets and schedules
- Offer client consultations
- Compile project briefings
- Do project research
- Create 3-D models and presentation drawings
- Read and alter building and floor plans
How do I secure an interior design job?
Here are some of the things that employers expect from their interior designers.
You will need to have:
- Good computer skills
- Good organisational and interpersonal skills
- A high level of creativity
- An eye for detail
- The ability to stick to budgets and deadlines
- The ability to work precisely and accurately
- Work experience
- Training and qualification in interior design
The Learning Group’s courses have been created to help you work towards your first job in this industry. Call us today to find out which course will best suit your needs.