Interior Designers and Decorators

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Interior designers and interior decorators evaluate, plan, and design the interior areas of residential, commercial, and industrial structures. In addition to helping clients select equipment and fixtures, these professionals supervise the coordination of colors and materials, obtain estimates and costs within the client's budget, and oversee the execution and installation of the project. They also often advise clients on architectural requirements, space planning, and the function and purpose of the environment.

There are approximately 51,050 interior designers working in the United States. They are employed by interior design or architectural firms, department stores, furniture stores, hotel chains, and large corporations.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Commercial Designers, Contract Designers, Residential Designers
Duties Plan and design interior spaces of residential, commercial, and industrial structures
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Major metropolitan areas; regions with high-income households
Minimum Education Level
  • Associate's Degree
School Subjects
  • Art
  • Business
  • Family and Consumer Science
Experience One to three years assisting an experienced designer or decorator
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Creative
  • Outgoing
  • Drawing/Design
  • Interpersonal
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Design Department Head
  • Interior Designer or Decorator
  • Design Assistant
  • Sales Clerk