Interior Designers

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Description

Plan, design, and furnish interiors of residential, commercial, or industrial buildings. Formulate design which is practical, aesthetic, and conducive to intended purposes, such as raising productivity, selling merchandise, or improving life style. May specialize in a particular field, style, or phase of interior design.

Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit67.49%
  2. Self-employed25.36%
  3. Private, not for profit3.91%
  4. State and local government2.33%
  5. Federal government0.56%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Industry areas

  • Specialized Design Services
  • Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
  • Furniture Stores

Job Outlook

Employment of interior designers is projected to grow 5 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Designers will be needed to respond to consumer expectations that the interiors of structures meet certain conditions, such as being environmentally friendly and more easily accessible. Although only about 5 percent of interior designers are directly employed in the construction industry, many interior designers are heavily dependent on that industry to generate new work projects for them. In addition to demand created by new construction, demand for interior designers will also arise from the need to remodel and renovate existing homes, commercial buildings, and other facilities, such as hospitals, hotels, and schools. For example, interior designers will be needed to help accommodate the future living needs of an aging population, especially for those people who choose to stay in their homes as they age.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$68,190

State-by-state Salary

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$73,820
$28,850
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 85%
  • Associate's degree 9%
  • Post baccalaureate 4%
  • High school 0%
  • Some college 0%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

Related College Majors

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Knowledge

  • Design
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Building and Construction
  • Fine Arts
  • English Language

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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