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Interior designer.

INTERIOR DESIGNERS WORK TO MAKE INTERIOR SPACES FUNCTIONAL AND BEAUTIFUL. THEIR duties may include sketching preliminary design plans; selecting materials such as lighting, plumbing fixtures, flooring, paint and wall coverings; and choosing furniture. They may work with individual homeowners on small projects, or they may work on large commercial projects with architects and contractors, as well as with structural, mechanical and civil engineers.

The Workplace

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) found that, in 2014, approximately 25 percent of interior designers were self-employed, and the industries that most often employed interior designers included architectural, engineering and related services; furniture stores; wholesale trade; and residential building construction.


Interior designers typically require some postsecondary education--at least an associate degree or, in most cases, a bachelor's. According to the BLS on its website, the licensure requirements for interior designers vary by state. In some states, "only licensed designers may do interior design work, while in others, both licensed and unlicensed designers may do such work, but only licensed designers may use the title 'interior designer.' In still other states, both licensed and unlicensed designers may call themselves interior designers and do interior design work."


The BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook reports that the median annual wage for interior designers was $48,840 in May 2015, with the highest 10 percent earning more than $91,360.

Job Outlook

Although the BLS does not project particularly strong growth in the field, it also notes that, "Designers will be needed to respond to consumer expectations that the interiors of structures, such as residential homes or office spaces, meet certain conditions, such as being environmentally friendly and more easily accessible." Job growth will be stronger in high-income areas and for specialized design services, e.g., hospitality, health care, and commercial and corporate design.


For more information about the career of interior designer and the education and training it requires, here are some places to turn.

American Society of Interior Designers

Council for Interior Design Accreditation

International Interior Design Association

National Association of Schools of Art and Design

National Council for Interior Design Qualification

National Kitchen and Bath Association

By Susan Reese

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Date:Mar 1, 2017
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