Interior Designer Careers

Career Overview

Interior Designers are responsible for creating and designing the interior spaces where we live and work. They deal with colors, textures, lighting, and functionality to make a space meet the needs of its occupants. They plan areas including homes, offices, shopping areas, restaurants, schools, hospitals, and even transport areas like bus terminals and airports. Interior designers must be able to read blue prints, understand building and fire codes, and rules on making buildings accessible for the disabled. They often work with architects, electricians, carpenters, and building contractors.

Education Requirements

Bachelor’s Degree

Interior designers can also complete an internship that usually lasts 2 to 3 years.


Several states require interior designs to register or get a license in their state. The National Council for Interior Design Qualification administers a licensing exam for interior designers. Applicants are required to have at least 6 years of combined educational and working experience, 2 years of which must be college training in interior design.
Careers for interior designers

Top Schools for Interior Designers:

Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY
University of Cincinnati in OH
New York School of Interior Design in NY
Iowa State University
Eastern Michigan University

Career Trends

Average Salary for interior designers in 2008: $44,950
Jobs in 2008 for interior designers: 71,700
Projected jobs for interior designers through 2018: 85,600

Related Jobs:

Architects, except Landscape and Naval
Artists and Related Workers
Commercial and Industrial Designers
Fashion Designers
Floral Designers
Graphic Designers
Landscape Architects

Article Reference: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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