What does a kitchen designer do?
Kitchen designers are involved in all of the planning and installing aspects of a variety of kitchens. They meet with clients to discuss and evaluate their needs and wants, create design plans, and develop budgets and timelines for completion of the project. They help clients choose a color palette, lighting, appliances, window treatments, furniture, and other elements. They often complete a great deal of research to create attractive, efficient, and cost-effective kitchens. They present their recommendations and suggestions to clients to get their approval before moving forward. Kitchen designers often work with contractors to get the job accomplished and ensure safety standards are met. They also often use computer-aided design (CAD) to assist them with their projects.
What kind of training does a kitchen designer need?
Kitchen designers must have at least a high school diploma, but many kitchen designers complete formal training. Many kitchen designers earn a bachelor degree in interior design with concentration on kitchen design. Many aspiring kitchen designers complete apprenticeship programs after they complete their bachelor degree to gain practical experience.
Some states require kitchen designers to be licensed. Most earn licensure from the National Council for Interior Designers. Requirements include minimum education, experience, and passing an examination. Many kitchen designers seek membership or certificates from the National Kitchen and Bath Association to remain competitive in the field.
What are the prospects for a career as a kitchen designer?
Employment of all interior designers (including kitchen designers) is expected to grow faster than average for all professions, increasing 19% from 2006 to 2016 (1). The increased interest in home remodeling and high tech kitchens will drive job growth.
Job prospects are expected to be good with keen competition. Kitchen designers with advanced education and extensive experience will have the best prospects. Job openings will also stem from the need to replace kitchen designers that retire, transfer, or leave the field for other reasons.
How much do kitchen designers make?
As of October 2009, the average annual salary for kitchen designers is $54,000; average annual kitchen designer salaries vary greatly on location, employer, experience, and benefits (2).
A career as a kitchen designer is a great choice for individuals with a strong interest in kitchen design. Kitchen designers must be creative, persistent, imaginative, and be able to express their ideas clearly. They must be able to adapt to the constantly changing styles and trends and be open to new ideas. They must have perseverance, great problem solving skills, and the ability to work well independently and as part of a team. Kitchen designers must also have excellent communication and interpersonal skills to be able to work with many different clients and other professionals.