Interior designers make interior spaces functional, safe, and beautiful by determining space requirements and selecting decorative items, such as colors, lighting, and materials. They read blueprints and must be aware of building codes and inspection regulations.
Many interior designers work for the specialized design services industry or for architectural, engineering, and related services industries. In 2012, about 25 percent were self-employed.
How to Become an Interior Designer
Interior designers usually need a bachelor’s degree with a focus on interior design.
The median annual wage for interior designers was $47,600 in May 2012.
Employment of interior designers is projected to grow 13 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Designers will be needed to respond to consumer expectations that the interiors of homes and offices meet certain conditions, such as being environmentally friendly and more easily accessible.