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Interior Designers

Descriptions & Duties

  • Interior Designers plan, design, and furnish the interior part of residential, commercial, or industrial buildings. Interior Designers formulate practical and aesthetic design which is conducive to intended purposes, such as raising productivity, selling merchandise, or improving life style.

Generic Competencies

Physical Abilities

Physical abilities

  • Physical strength
  • Eye hand coordination / precision / dexterity


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Technology Skills

Technology skills

  • Computer literacy
  • Application of technology


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Cognitive Abilities

Cognitive abilities

  • Creativity
  • Visualisation
  • Logical thinking


Importance:5 (Max:5) 

Skill is required all the time


Comprehension And Expression

Comprehension and expression skills

  • Reading comprehension
  • Oral / written expression


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Social Skills

Social skills

  • Communication
  • Negotiation
  • Persuasion


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Organisation And Execution Skills

Organisation and execution skills

  • Planning
  • Organising
  • Judgement
  • Decision making


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Problem Solving Skills

Problem solving skills

  • Ability to solve simple and complex problems effectively and efficiently


Importance:5 (Max:5) 

Skill is required all the time


Management Skills

Management skills

  • Leadership
  • Management of finance / time / people / other resources


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Trade Specific Competencies

Interior design project management knowledge and skills

To lead interior design projects, Interior Designers must manage projects from start to finish. They must coordinate effectively with different professionals and clients and have to make choices to ensure that the projects are well completed on time and within budget.

Professional knowledge and skills in interior design

Interior Designers must always apply professional knowledge and skills in relation to interior design to solve issues and problems at work.

General Requirements

Academic qualification

  • normally have a diploma or a bachelor's degree in interior, or architectural design, or related discipline

Professional qualification

  • professional membership of the Hong Kong Interior Design Association is preferable


  • usually 3 to 5 years of relevant working experience in Interior Design or Decoration field are required

Career Path & Salary

Private Sector

Monthly Salary $15,000-$35,000

Monthly Salary $30,000-$70,000

Monthly Salary $40,000-$90,000

Monthly Salary $50,000-$110,000

Related Education & Training

Work Environment

  • Interior Designers usually work in office, but may spend a lot of time working at the design sites to monitor the progress of the design project.


  • Computers with visual aided and drawing software
  • Protractors
  • Scales - Architects' scales; Drafting scales; Electronic scales
  • Scanners - Three-dimensional laser digitizers
  • T squares
  • Tape measures - Digital tape measures; Precision tape measures
  • Triangles - Drafting triangles

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