There is a need for interior designers in specialized design areas.
Interior Design at a Glance
A Bachelor’s degree is usually required for entry into this profession. While a Bachelor’s degree in any field is acceptable, applicants need to have taken classes in interior design, drawing, and computer-aided design. License requirements for interior designers vary state by state. In some states, only licensed designers, typically certified through the National Council for Interior Designers, may refer to themselves as interior designers. In addition, interior designers often receive specialty certification in areas such as kitchens or baths. These certifications are usually available through professional and trade associations.
Typical Tasks Performed
- Search for and bid on new projects
- Determine the client’s goals and requirements of the project
- Consider how the space will be used and how people will move through the space
- Sketch preliminary design plans, including electrical layouts
- Specify materials and furnishings, such as lighting, furniture, wall finishes, flooring, and plumbing fixtures
- Prepare final plans using computer applications
Outlook for Employment
Employment of interior designers is projected to grow 4 percent through 2024. As interior designers focus on increasingly specialized design areas, there will be a greater need for them to collaborate with other designers and in other design-related fields.
Industries That Employed the Most Interior Designers in 2014:
- Specialized design services – 30%
- Architectural, engineering, and related services – 15%
- Furniture stores – 8%
- Wholesale trade – 6%
- Residential building construction – 4%
Please note that these are national statistics and projections that might vary by location.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition http://www.bls.gov/ooh/arts-and-design/interior-designers.htm