Interior Designers and Interior Decorators

(NOC 5242)

in All Arts, 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 are employed by architectural and interior design firms, retail establishments, construction companies, hospitals, airlines, hotel and restaurant chains, and other establishments, or they may be self-employed.

Job Outlook

Limited

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  • Estimate decline slightly employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 10 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2016

Compared to: All Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport

  • Estimate Moderate growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 735 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Moderate rate of unemployment in 2016

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “limited”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is below average when compared with other occupations in Nova Scotia. This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent and jobseekers may face competition. The number employed in this occupation is expected to decline slightly over the next few years, which may affect the number of new opportunities available. 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. Furthermore, the jobs are typically permanent positions.

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

$12.50

Minimum

$17.60

Median

$24.04

Maximum

Annual Pay

$2,141

Minimum

$26,430

Median

$65,983

Maximum

Compared to: All Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport

Hourly Pay

$10.81

Minimum

$16.00

Median

$31.00

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 are employed by architectural and interior design firms, retail establishments, construction companies, hospitals, airlines, hotel and restaurant chains, and other establishments, or they may be self-employed.

Job duties

Interior designers and interior decorators perform some or all of the following duties:

  • 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. // Interior designers are experts in the area of interior architecture, construction materials and building codes. They 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.

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

To work in this field, 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

300

employed in 2016

69.8%

employed full-time

46.7%

self employed

81.4%
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18.6%
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51.6

median age

Compared to: All Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport

11,000

employed in 2016

59.4%

employed full-time

33.3%

self employed

55.6%
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44.4%
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38.2

median age

Where will I likely work?

62.9%

Halifax

11.4%

Southern

10.0%

Northern

10.0%

Annapolis Valley

4.3%

Cape Breton

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

40.3%

Professional Business Services

24.2%

Retail Trade

8.1%

Textiles, Furniture and Other Manufacturing

4.8%

Construction

3.2%

Accommodation and Food Services

What is the age of Employment?

38.5%

35-44

26.9%

55-64

19.2%

25-34

11.5%

45-54

7.7%

65+

Compared to: All Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport

43.8%

35-44

35.4%

45-54

12.5%

25-34

8.3%

55-64

4.2%

65+

Top levels of education

44.4%

College certificate or diploma

$28,429 median annual income
25.4%

Bachelor's degree

$30,633 median annual income
14.3%

High school

$22,350 median annual income
7.9%

Less than high school

N/A
6.3%

Doctorate

N/A

Compared to: All Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport

27.5%

Bachelor's degree

$19,705 median annual income
26.2%

High school

$7,127 median annual income
20.3%

College certificate or diploma

$20,158 median annual income
10.2%

Less than high school

$2,298 median annual income
8.0%

Master's degree

N/A

Education & training

Home furnishings and equipment installers

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

This instructional program class comprises 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

Eastern College - Halifax

6940 Mumford Road, Suite 111

Halifax, NS B3L 0B7

(902) 423-3933

Success College

800 Sackville Drive

Lower Sackville, NS B4E 1R8

(902) 865-8283

Interior design

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

This instructional program class comprises 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 comprises 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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