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Become A Design Consultant

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Working As A Design Consultant

  • Getting Information
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Deal with People

  • $51,653

    Average Salary

What Does A Design Consultant Do

A Design Consultant provides blueprints or drawings based on clients' ideas. They provide samples of paint, furniture, flooring, lighting, and other design elements. Design Consultants may work with architects who participate in a project.

How To Become A Design Consultant

Interior designers usually need a bachelor’s degree with a focus on interior design.

Education

A bachelor’s degree is usually required, as are classes in interior design, drawing, and computer-aided design (CAD). A bachelor’s degree in any field is acceptable, and interior design programs are available at the associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degree levels.

The National Association of Schools of Art and Design accredits about 320 postsecondary colleges, universities, and independent institutes with programs in art and design. The Council for Interior Design Accreditation accredits more than 180 professional-level (bachelor’s or master’s degrees) interior design programs.

The National Kitchen & Bath Association accredits kitchen and bath design specialty programs (certificate, associate’s, and bachelor’s degree levels) in 45 colleges and universities.

Applicants may be required to submit sketches and other examples of their artistic ability for admission to interior design programs.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensure requirements vary by state. In some states, only licensed designers may do interior design work. In other states, both licensed and unlicensed designers may do such work; however, only licensed designers may use the title “interior designer.” In still other states, both licensed and unlicensed designers may call themselves interior designers and do interior design work.

In states where laws restrict the use of the title “interior designer,” only those who pass their state-approved exam, most commonly the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) exam, may call themselves registered interior designers. Qualifications for eligibility to take the NCIDQ exam include a combination of education and experience. For example, applicants must have at least a bachelor’s degree in interior design and 2 years of experience.

California requires a different exam, administered by the California Council for Interior Design Certification (CCIDC). Qualifications for eligibility to take the CCIDC exam include a combination of education and experience.

Voluntary certification in an interior design specialty, such as healthcare interior design, allows designers to demonstrate expertise in a particular area of the occupation. Interior designers often specialize to distinguish the type of design work they do and to promote their expertise. Certifications usually are available through professional and trade associations and are independent from the NCIDQ licensing examination.

Important Qualities

Artistic ability. Interior designers use their sense of style to develop designs that are aesthetically pleasing.

Creativity. Interior designers need to be imaginative in selecting furnishings and fabrics and in creating spaces that serve the client’s needs and fit the client’s lifestyle.

Detail oriented. Interior designers need to be precise in measuring interior spaces and creating drawings, so that it can be used by other workers such as engineers or other designers.

Interpersonal skills. Interior designers need to be able to communicate effectively with clients and others. Much of their time is spent soliciting new clients and new work and collaborating with other designers, engineers, and general building contractors on ongoing projects.

Problem-solving skills. Interior designers must address challenges, such as construction delays and the high cost or sudden unavailability of certain materials, while keeping the project on time and within budget.

Visualization. Interior designers need a strong sense of proportion and visual awareness in order to understand how pieces of a design will fit together to create the intended interior environment.

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Design Consultant Career Paths

Design Consultant
Project Coordinator Program Manager General Manager
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Technical Director Carpenter
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Graphic Design Consultant Senior Graphic Designer Marketing Manager
Digital Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Design Director Creative Director Marketing Director
Director Of Sales
10 Yearsyrs
Instructor Operations Manager Account Executive
District Sales Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Mechanical Designer Engineering Manager Sales Manager
Group Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Showroom Manager Interior Designer
Interior Designer/Project Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager Marketing Consultant
Marketing Communications Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Design Manager Design Director Creative Director
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Design Manager Project Manager Program Manager
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Design Technician Design Engineer Product Manager
National Account Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Showroom Manager Office Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Operations Manager Outside Sales Representative
Outside Sales Manager
6 Yearsyrs
User Experience Designer Product Designer Design Engineer
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Design Technician Project Engineer Account Manager
Regional Accounts Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Mechanical Designer Engineer Sales Engineer
Sales Account Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Business Analyst Product Manager
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Kitchen And Bath Designer Project Manager Product Manager
Senior Account Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Instructor Program Manager General Manager
Territory Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Marketing Director Sales Consultant
Territory Sales Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Design Consultant Demographics

Gender

  • Female

    52.1%
  • Male

    45.9%
  • Unknown

    2.1%

Ethnicity

  • White

    78.9%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    9.4%
  • Asian

    8.9%
  • Unknown

    2.0%
  • Black or African American

    0.7%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    45.4%
  • French

    11.7%
  • German

    5.8%
  • Mandarin

    5.1%
  • Chinese

    5.1%
  • Japanese

    4.4%
  • Russian

    4.0%
  • Italian

    3.8%
  • Arabic

    2.2%
  • Korean

    1.8%
  • Cantonese

    1.8%
  • Hindi

    1.5%
  • Portuguese

    1.3%
  • Polish

    1.3%
  • Greek

    1.1%
  • Tagalog

    1.1%
  • Dutch

    0.7%
  • Ukrainian

    0.7%
  • Armenian

    0.7%
  • Czech

    0.7%
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Real Design Consultant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Design Consultant Noramtec Consultants Americas, Inc. Wichita, KS Oct 02, 2013 $177,395
Lead Experience Design Consultant Thoughtworks, Inc. Chicago, IL Nov 16, 2016 $150,000
Design Consultant Synopsys, Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 26, 2016 $146,187 -
$221,187
Design Consultant, Staff Synopsys, Inc. Mountain View, CA Apr 02, 2016 $145,392 -
$165,392
Design Consultant, Staff Synopsys, Inc. Mountain View, CA Feb 23, 2015 $142,667 -
$152,667
Design Consultant Synopsys, Inc. Mountain View, CA May 01, 2015 $140,977 -
$215,977
Design Consultant, SR. II Synopsys, Inc. Mountain View, CA Jul 29, 2016 $133,000 -
$153,000
Design Consultant Synopsys, Inc. Austin, TX Aug 23, 2016 $132,838 -
$207,838
VP; Process Design Consultant I Bank of America N.A. Calabasas, CA Oct 04, 2014 $130,000 -
$150,000
Design Consultant Synopsys, Inc. Austin, TX Sep 05, 2015 $129,540 -
$204,540
Solution Design Consultant T-Systems North America, Inc. Downers Grove, IL Sep 04, 2015 $128,667
Solutions Design Consultant de Lage Landen Financial Services Inc. Wayne, PA Mar 16, 2016 $128,520
Design Consultant Synopsys, Inc. Austin, TX Aug 19, 2014 $128,299 -
$203,299
Strategic Design Consultant Sap Labs, LLC Palo Alto, CA Jun 17, 2016 $127,837
Desktop Design Consultant Thomson Reuters (Markets) LLC New York, NY Sep 04, 2014 $103,000
Design Consultant Synopsys, Inc. Hillsboro, OR Jan 25, 2016 $102,427 -
$177,427
Interaction Design Consultant Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Jun 15, 2016 $100,000
Fashion Design Consultant KBL Group International Ltd. New York, NY Aug 14, 2013 $100,000
Senior Desktop Design Consultant Thomson Reuters (Markets) LLC New York, NY Sep 04, 2014 $99,160
Solutions Design Consultant de Lage Landen Financial Services, Inc. Wayne, PA Oct 01, 2013 $98,963
Product Design Consultant Philips Electronics North America Corporation Andover, MA Oct 01, 2014 $96,752
Internal Strategic Design Consultant Sap Labs, LLC Palo Alto, CA Sep 14, 2016 $96,279
SR. Landscape Design Consultant Plant Partners, Inc. Sarasota, FL Jun 08, 2014 $78,500
Product Design Consultant Philips Electronics North America Corporation Monroeville, PA Oct 01, 2015 $77,818
Design Consultant-Indirect Tax Cargill, Incorporated Hopkins, MN Nov 01, 2014 $76,253 -
$107,000
Design Consultant-Indirect Tax Cargill, Incorporated Hopkins, MN Sep 03, 2013 $74,027 -
$94,700
Product Design Consultant Philips Electronics North America Corporation Monroeville, PA Oct 10, 2014 $73,000
Architectural Design Consultant Gehry Technologies Inc. Los Angeles, CA Oct 01, 2013 $72,000
Senior Design Consultant Christy Z Hutchins Merch & Design Consultant Boulder, CO Oct 15, 2015 $70,374
Business Design Consultant IBM India Private Limited Middletown, NJ May 25, 2015 $70,304 -
$70,554

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Top Skills for A Design Consultant

ProductKnowledgeCustomFurnitureCustomerServiceFloorPlansCADCompanyWebsiteTradeShowsLayoutDesignServicesContractorsDesignConceptsIn-HomeConsultationsSpacePlanningKitchenArtMonthlySalesGoalsProjectManagementArchitectsDesignSolutionsCustomerSatisfaction

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Top Design Consultant Skills

  1. Product Knowledge
  2. Custom Furniture
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Utilized product knowledge and technical specifications to provide best system within customer parameters.
  • Placed custom furniture and accessory orders.
  • Assisted construction superintendents and customer service department with option installation questions and customer service issues.
  • Provide client project floor plans and presentations as well as house calls.
  • Employed Cadence Virtuoso and Virtuoso XL to layout various comb test structures/modules within a 1x18 pad array.

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