Interior design jobs vary in their situation and requirements. As an interior designer, there are many kinds of jobs available based on your speciality interest and experience.
Qualifications and experience
Many of the available interior design jobs will be looking for someone with either a three year diploma qualification or for someone who has completed the courses that qualify them for the specific requirements of the job. While many look for experience it is therefore important as a student to involve yourself in as many part time work opportunities as possible. It usually pays off when it comes to looking for full time work.
As a student studying you will be able to find work where you can exercise your skills on small projects that extend over short periods of time. You may be offered a daily rate up to as much as R1,000 or a rate for the entire project. These are usually once off jobs and the rate is not indicative of a full time salary. This type of work is exceptionally important as you enter the job market officially, giving you a wide range of experience as well as contactable references for prospective employers.
Starting your own business
Many interior decorators have resorted to forming partnerships in the industry as a way of determining their own salaries and creating their own interior design jobs. As consultants they have found that by marketing themselves and forming working relationships or even teams with individuals they have been able to tap into lucrative business openings. Since this is a widely accepted practice, many of the interior design courses that are on offer incorporate business skills as well as marketing into their curriculums.
What kind of salary and benefits can be expected?
According to a nationwide survey the salary range is fairly large with starting salaries sitting around R60,000 per annum (R5,000 per month) and going right up to R220,000 which is equivalent to over R18,000 a month). Interior design jobs very rarely offer commission based opportunities although they are usually offered an annual bonus equivalent to just less than 100% of the monthly salary. It is interesting to note that male designers form just 20% of the interior design work force.
It is not common practice to be offered a medical package or any other benefits when you are applying for interior design jobs. Those that do get offered a benefit usually have a medical aid benefit. This happens in only about 20% of the available jobs.
Get the edge over the competition
Being an interior designer you find that you become multi talented, able to take on after hours consulting work in addition to a full time job. It is common practice for those with interior design jobs to add some freelance work to their portfolio since the market is exceptionally competitive and this extra experience could be just what they need to get the next best job or land a top notch client.