Interior Designers and Decorators

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 43,710 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.

Quick Facts
Duties Plan and design interior spaces of residential, commercial, and industrial structures
Alternate Title(s) Commercial Designers, Contract Designers, Residential Designers
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Major metropolitan areas; regions with high-income households
Education and Training
  • Associate's Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Art
  • Business
  • Family and Consumer Science
Experience Three or more years' experience recommended
  • Computer
  • Drawing/Design
  • Interpersonal
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Creative
  • Outgoing
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Design Department Head
  • Interior Designer
  • Design Assistant
  • Sales Clerk

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