Lighting Designer
What do you do?
I worked at a lighting store. We put together the lighting packages for new homes. I worked with the new homeowner to pick out all of the chandeliers, bath lighting, where the recessed lighting would go, exterior lighting…
I also worked out landscape lighting plans, figuring out the low-voltage lighting systems. Lighting for safety that was also attractive. I drove around good neighborhoods in the evening to get ideas. I also got ideas from how they did things at Disney World.
I worked with condominiums and the city on wind loads for street lighting and parking lot lighting.
This job is:
Part-time
Full-time
How many hours a week is this job?
Less than 20 hours a week
More than 20 hours a week
It just depends
When do you work?
9:00 to 5:00
How much control do you have over your work schedule?
I was a full-time volunteer at the time. So, I only work three days a week. I would have appointments all set out up for me when I came in. The rest of the time I worked on packages and notes that people had left for me. I also sold lighting to anyone who came into the store.
Could I bring my child or pet to work?
Not a chance!
Work environment
Inside
Is there a dress code?
Yes
How do you dress?
Casual
How do you dress for work?
Jeans, a nice shirt.
Is this job:
Both
Level of Responsibility
Medium (If you’re not there, things can wait until you are.)
Co-Workers
Work with just a few people
Management
You mostly work independently.
How much initiative and/or authority do you have?
This was a really great creative job! As long as I made profit for the company and kept on top of things.
What does this job pay entry level?
I didn’t make much to begin with, because I had no idea what I was doing. But I took advantage of all of the training that with offered by various lighting manufacturers. I read the catalogs and I checked out books from the library and read them. The more I learn, the more money I made the company, the more people came in and asked for me. So I went to HR and asked for a substantial raise. They came back with a little bit lower than I wanted but still really good! They also gave me benefits for even though I was working only two or three days a week!
What could it pay later?
When I left this position, I turned it over to a young man. He didn’t know anything to begin with, either. But, he did the same thing – read everything he could and then one of the lighting manufacturers hired him away at a factory rep. That paid really well.
Job Requirements: What skills does this job require?
You have to have enough confidence to be an “expert”, even though you haven’t known very long. People want to feel like you know what you are talking about. Especially with as much money as some of these people were paying for things!
Do you have to go to school to get this job?
No.
On-the-job Training
Continuing Education
Personal study to keep your skills and knowledge up-to-date
What practical skills do you need?
Good at math
Good at explaining things
Enjoy talking to people
Good listener
Enjoy learning new things
Is Continuing Education required?
Yes
Things change all the time. You have to keep up with what is in the latest catalogs. You also have to keep up with the latest technology. Which changes more than you would think.
Benefits
medical and dental coverage
401(k) savings
employer will match your 401(k) contributions
Location
This job could be done anywhere.
What additional training would help with this job?
You could do this anywhere there is a lighting store, I guess! I worked in two different ones.
Lighting Designer

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