Interior Designers and Interior Decorators

(NOC 5242)

in All Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport

Interior designers and interior decorators conceptualize and produce aesthetic, functional and safe designs for interior spaces in residential, commercial, cultural, institutional, and industrial buildings. They work for architectural and interior design firms, retail companies, construction companies, hospitals, airlines, hotel and restaurant chains, and other businesses, or they may be self-employed. Interior designers are experts in interior architecture, construction materials and building codes. Interior designers may specialize in designing interiors for residential, commercial, institutional, cultural, and industrial buildings and for aircraft, ships or trains, trade shows and exhibitions. Interior decorators may specialize in decorating residential or commercial interior spaces, home staging, colour consulting and home organizing.

Job Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate Stable employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 10 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2019

Compared to: All Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport

  • Estimate 60 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 765 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. The number employed in this occupation is expected to remain largely the same over the next few years. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Interior Designers and Interior Decorators may either be working full-time or part-time hours. Also, a fair portion of the workforce is self-employed, so having the option to "work for yourself" may appeal to some individuals’ interests/motivations.

The median employment income for 49% of Interior Designers and Interior Decorators who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $34,631. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$13.50

Minimum

$19.50

Median

$35.16

Maximum

Annual Pay

$2,141

Minimum

$26,430

Median

$65,983

Maximum

Compared to: All Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport

Hourly Pay

$12.55

Minimum

$24.73

Median

$36.29

Maximum

Annual Pay

$945

Minimum

$11,712

Median

$60,447

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Interior designers and interior decorators conceptualize and produce aesthetic, functional and safe designs for interior spaces in residential, commercial, cultural, institutional, and industrial buildings. They work for architectural and interior design firms, retail companies, construction companies, hospitals, airlines, hotel and restaurant chains, and other businesses, or they may be self-employed. Interior designers are experts in interior architecture, construction materials and building codes. Interior designers may specialize in designing interiors for residential, commercial, institutional, cultural, and industrial buildings and for aircraft, ships or trains, trade shows and exhibitions. Interior decorators may specialize in decorating residential or commercial interior spaces, home staging, colour consulting and home organizing.

Job duties

Interior designers and interior decorators:

  • Consult with clients to determine needs, preferences, safety requirements and purpose of space.
  • Develop detailed plans and 3-D models showing arrangement of walls, dividers, displays, lighting, and other fixtures using computer-assisted design (CAD) software and graphics software.
  • Develop plans, elevations, cross sections and detailed drawings, and advise on selection of colours, finishes and materials, floor and wall coverings, window treatments, interior and exterior lighting, furniture and other items, taking into account ergonomic and occupational health standards.
  • Estimate costs and materials required and may advise on leasing, real estate, and marketing.
  • Prepare plans and specifications for the final interior designs in accordance with current practices and codes.
  • Work in a multidisciplinary environment.
  • May direct site work crews and subcontractors.

Sample job titles

  • decorating consultant
  • green design consultant - interior design
  • home decorating consultant
  • home organizer
  • interior decorator
  • interior design consultant
  • interior designer
  • project manager, interior design

Skills

A good sense of creativity and imagination are beneficial in interior space planning. You should have an understanding of artistic principles and be able to present that plan visually so that it can be communicated to the client. Self-discipline in meeting deadlines and a good business sense are also very important.

Job requirements

Interior designers:

  • A university degree or college diploma in interior design is usually required.
  • The National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) examination may be required after six years of combined study and experience.
  • Certification by a provincial institute or association is required to use the designation Interior Design Consultant (IDC) in Nova Scotia.

Interior decorators:

  • A college certificate or diploma in interior decoration is usually required.
  • Membership in the Canadian Decorators' Association is available to qualified decorators.

Other considerations

Interior designers work with computers for drafting, preparation of budgets and specifications, product searches, colour renderings and three-dimensional presentations for final product visualization. A good knowledge base of the various interior design disciplines is important for this group. A willingness to work outside normal business hours is required.

By the numbers

Quick look

350

employed in 2016

69.0%

employed full-time

47.9%

self employed

80.3%
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19.7%
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51.6

median age

Compared to: All Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport

11,000

employed in 2016

53.3%

employed full-time

29.3%

self employed

55.6%
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44.4%
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38.2

median age

Where will I likely work?

63.8%

Halifax

11.6%

Southern

10.1%

North Shore

10.1%

Annapolis Valley

4.3%

Cape Breton

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

45.3%

Professional, scientific and technical services

23.4%

Retail trade

7.8%

Manufacturing

4.7%

Construction

3.1%

Real estate and rental and leasing

What is the age of Employment?

31.0%

45-54

25.0%

55-64

18.0%

35-44

13.0%

65+

11.0%

25-34

3.0%

15-24

Compared to: All Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport

29.7%

15-24

15.9%

35-44

15.7%

45-54

15.4%

25-34

14.9%

55-64

Top levels of education

40.8%

College certificate or diploma

$29,431 median annual income
25.4%

Bachelor's degree

$14,307 median annual income
15.5%

High school

$39,998 median annual income
8.5%

Master's degree

N/A
5.6%

Less than high school

N/A

Compared to: All Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport

26.4%

Bachelor's degree

$17,829 median annual income
24.9%

High school

$7,552 median annual income
19.5%

College certificate or diploma

$22,120 median annual income
13.7%

Less than high school

$2,922 median annual income
7.9%

Master's degree

$36,173 median annual income

Education & training

Home furnishings and equipment installers

This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.

This instructional program class includes any program that prepares individuals to assist in home furnishings and decorations. These programs include courses in selecting, purchasing, designing and decorating; home furnishings and equipment; floral design; accessory construction; textiles; and upholstery.

Institutions providing this program

Maritime Business College

800 Sackville Drive

Lower Sackville, NS B4E 1R8

(902) 463-6700

Eastern College - Halifax

6940 Mumford Road, Suite 111

Halifax, NS B3L 0B7

(902) 423-3933

Interior design

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class includes any program in the applied visual arts that prepares individuals to apply artistic principles and techniques to the professional planning, designing, equipping, and furnishing residential and commercial interior spaces. These programs include courses in computer applications drafting and graphic techniques; principles of interior lighting, acoustics, systems integration, and colour coordination; furniture and furnishings; textiles and their finishing; the history of interior design and period styles; basic structural design; building codes and inspection regulations; and applications to office, hotel, factory, restaurant and housing design.

There are no schools in Nova Scotia offering this program.

Project management

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class includes any program that prepares individuals to apply quantitative and qualitative knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to manage projects in a wide range of fields and occupations. These programs include courses in project planning, risk management, cost and time management, contracts and procurement, accounting, statistics, decision making, and human resources.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

Employment requirements & contacts

Regulations

Interior Designer

Right to Title and Practice: This job is regulated, and the job title is protected in Nova Scotia (you may not use this job title without holding a provincial licence). A licence shows that the holder has met provincial requirements and is required to work in this job.

Regulating body:
Interior Designers of Nova Scotia
PO Box 2042
Halifax, NS B3J 2Z1

Contacts

Association of Interior Designers of Nova Scotia
PO Box 2042
Halifax, NS B3J 2Z1

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