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The answers to the following questions, can all be found below.
*What is the meaning of interior design? What is basic to learning about interior design?
*What are the qualifications to be an Interior Designer?
Is it difficult to get a job?
*About how many hours a week do you work? And what are the hours?
*Is your job stressful? If so in what ways?
*What do you like best about your job?
*What do you like least about your job?
*Where do you plan to be in 5 years?
*How do I decide if an interior design career is right for me?
*Do you have any recommendations for someone who is wanting to get into this career?
*Could you please tell me what you think the future holds for young interior designers today?
*I want to do correspondence course on interior design through the internet. Please advise me.
*I would like to study interior design. Can you suggest any classes in my local area, or on the web, that would help me?
What is the meaning of interior design? What is basic to learning about interior design?
Here is a web page that specifically defines what an interior designer is, http://www.fider.org. It is on the FIDER (Foundation for Interior Design Education and Research) site. FIDER sets the standards for interior design education, evaluates college and university programs, and determines which schools should receive accreditation. This article also discusses what is basic to learning about interior design.
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What are the qualifications to be an Interior Designer?
I have a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design from Mich. State Univ., a school with a FIDER accredited Interior Design program. The state of Virginia, in which I live, requires a 4 year degree (at an accredited school), 5 years experience, and, passing the NCIDQ exam, to be qualified as a professional. I passed the NCIDQ in 1983. In order to keep my accreditation, I am required to complete 10 hours of continuing education every two years. Qualifications for licensing vary by state, but I believe they are the same for professional accreditation on the national level.
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Is it difficult to get a job?
When I graduated in 1981, it was difficult to get a job. The country, or a least the state of MI, was in a recession. That is why I moved to the Washington, DC area. I was able to acquire a job with the Marriott Corporation in Bethesda, Maryland, as an entry level designer, in the Hotel Design Division. I think the ability to get a job will be dependent on how the economy is doing at the time you graduate from college. According to the Princeton Review, there will be 5,000 new jobs by 2005, a 12% increase. As the population ages, there are more jobs for companies that specialize in services for the elderly, such as retirement communities, hospitals, etc. If you a considering a career in I.D., you might want to specialize in these areas.
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