Interior design is a profession that combines creativity, technical knowledge, and business skills. Interior designers work with clients and other design professionals to develop design solutions that are safe, functional, attractive, and meet the needs of the people using the space.
Education level required for career
An interior decorator typically holds a different level of education and professional expertise than an interior designer. While both interior decorators and interior designers work with the color schematics and aesthetics of interior spaces, interior decorators generally don't have the same background in architectural design that interior designers are required to have. For this reason, the most common educational background for interior decorators is a certificate program offered through a community college.
Future outlook for career
Over the five years to November 2018, the number of job openings for Interior Designers is expected to be low (equal to or less than 5,000). Job openings can arise from employment growth and people leaving the occupation.
The median annual wage for interior designers was $47,600 in May 2012. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $25,670, and the top 10 percent earned more than $86,900.