INTERIOR DESIGNERS plan the space and furnish the interiors of offices, hotels, hospitals, stores, restaurants, and other places. They talk to clients to determine their taste, needs, and budget. They then develop designs and prepare drawings and specifications for interior construction, furnishings, lighting, and finishes. They coordinate colors and select furniture, floor and wall coverings, and window treatments. They also design lighting, crown molding, built-in bookshelves, or cabinets. They present final design to client for approval. After client accepts design, designers put together furnishings and contract and supervise the services of craft workers.
Salary, Size & Growth
- $53,500 average per year ($25.75 per hour)
- A medium occupation (40,100 workers in 2010)
- Expected to grow moderately (1.9% per year)
According to the American Society of Interior Designers, about half of the states require INTERIOR DESIGNERS to be licensed or registered. To qualify for licensure, candidates must complete at least 2 years of post-secondary education in design, at least 2 years of practical experience, plus related education or experience to total at least 6 years of combined education and experience in design, and pass the National Council for Interior Design exam.