Succeeding as an interior designer means not only having real creative flair and vision, but also fully understanding the most important elements and principles of design. Professional interior designers must be able to work with the requirements of their clients, the specifics of the space and structure, the available budget and any prevalent time restrictions. It is an extremely demanding and often challenging profession, in which achieving the seemingly impossible becomes an everyday part of the job.
Competition among those looking to make names for them in interior design is extremely fierce – those with a strong educational background often finding themselves with a much-needed edge.
Salary– Employed interior designers can expect to secure an entry-level position with an annual salary somewhere in the region of INR 20,000 to INR 35,000. With experience, this can quickly jump to INR 30,000 to INR 50,000 per month, while senior designers and creative directors may earn upwards of INR 50,000 and INR 100,000 above respectively.
Working Life– The working life of the interior designer tends to be dynamic and unpredictable to say the least. It is often necessary to work at any given hours day or night, in some instances putting in enormous overtime when deadlines must be met. Domestic and international travel may also be required, in accordance with position/responsibilities.
Potential Employers – Both in the India and abroad, there are literally thousands of brands, businesses and third-party service providers that are always on the lookout for talented design professionals. Private projects and contracts can also be sourced on a freelance basis.
Self–Employment – Many qualified interior designers choose to set up solo and enjoy the unique benefits and rewards of owning and operating their own business. For those who build the most impressive track records and reputations, self-employment in interior design can be particularly lucrative.