Choosing a career in the field of interior design does not mean you have to earn a four year degree to become, well, an interior designer. Doubtlessly thanks in some part to the explosive growth of design shows on TV and entire networks devoted to 24 hours of programming per day (minus eight hours of infomercials) constructed upon the shaky foundation that the average American actually wants a home to look like what these shaggy hosts consider stylish, today it is possible to get work in the interior design field without actually earning or even Bush-ing a four year degree. And that isn’t even taking into account the master’s degree typically required for a career as an ergonomist. Just in case you are wondering, the ergonomist should preferably have a master’s degree in the engineering or psychology field.
One of the jobs in interior design that you can possibly snag with no more than a high school diploma to your name-although a two year degree in electrical engineering improves your chances-is that of lighting consultant. The job of lighting consultant can be that of the freelancer operating his own business who is called upon for his expertise to deal with everything from restaurants to rock concerts. Other lighting directors work for media companies. The expertise gathered from either work experience or community college is put to work in figuring out lighting designs for a number of purposes. A freelancer may be figuring out how to best light up a small silverware store one week and how to make sure that a huge hotel lobby is functionally illuminated while at the same time keeping the ambiance romantically low-lit.
The kitchen planner can certainly improve their income by virtue of ownership of a college degree, but a more likely route involves a seven year apprenticeship that ends with becoming a Certified Kitchen Designer. This niche position within the larger field of interior design focuses on the myriad principles of kitchen design. You may not be aware, but the perfect kitchen allegedly has a triangulated shape and variance away from this perfection can result in chaos. That chaos can then result in an idiot like that guy from Hell’s Kitchen further devaluing the meaning of the word celebrity. And nobody wants that. Construction design is an essential part of the toolbox of lugged around by kitchen planners, but they must also be well-trained in the fields of ergonomics, have a profound knowledge of building codes and know more than a little about the job of cooking. The work takes the kitchen planner to anywhere that a kitchen can be planned. You may be hired to design the open kitchen plan inside the home of the local weather girl or you may be spending months of your life taking part in the creation of the next trendy restaurant in your hometown.
One of the fastest growing jobs in interior design over the last decade or so has been the closet organizer. A high school diploma is usually good enough to get you started, but at least a few college classes in art design can act as a booster chair as you lap up the gravy of eating from the Thanksgiving feast that is interior design. It may well be true that even Bill Gates himself doesn’t think he’s got adequate closet space. It seems nobody has enough closet space. Since your job at a closet organizer will most likely be found in America, that means you get to benefit from the fact that most people would rather spend more money expanding their closet than save money by cutting down on the clothing they own. Pat yourself on the back for choosing a career where almost none of your clients ever even give a thought to solving their clutter issue by giving away to charity.