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What kind of experiences or skill sets are needed in order to become an environmental designer?

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John’s Answer

Hi Naomi,


JOB DESCRIPTION – The role of an environmental designer is to build structures and use materials that are environmentally friendly. These designers typically work with commercial buildings and homes using high-tech software to come up with ideas on how to design the structures. Individuals with a good environment awareness and creative-thinking skills make great candidates for this type of career.

DUTIES – Environmental designers who work as architects or landscape architects begin by drafting schematics, often using computer-aided design software. They approve materials and techniques, survey sites, create specifications and calculate costs.

REQUIREMENTS – Environmental designers require a significant amount of formal education. Learn about the education, job duties and licensure requirements to see if this is the right career for you. In order to work as an environmental designer you'll need to get their bachelor's and potentially master's in a geography or urban planning. A lot of environmental designers need to get their license, and become Certified Environmental Planners or earn their American Institute of Certified Planners' credential.

SALERY – Compensation for environmental designers and urban planners can depend on industry and location. The average yearly salary of all urban and regional planners is around $76,240.

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Jennifer’s Answer

Hi! I would say that you need to have the basic skills as a designer. Understand color theory, typography etc. From there you can apply those things to different types of design. As far as skills you should understand how to design in 2D and 3D. If you take a branding course you can be exposed to projects where you design the logo all the way down to how something may look in a storefront.

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