What Is the Job Outlook for Interior Design?
According to statistics from the US Department of Labor, the interior design field is expected to grow faster than average through the year 2016, with an expected increase of 19 percent from 2006 to a total of 86,000 designers employed. These statistics provide a positive outlook for those seeking employment in the interior design field. According to the United States Department of Labor, as of this year, the median earnings for an interior designer stand at approximately $42,000, with the overall median salary range being approximately $32,000 to $78,500.
Though the economy performed poorly throughout 2008 and remains uncertain, its impact on the interior design field is not yet realized. Interior design services are considered a luxury by many homeowners, but there are still homeowners that choose to convert equity in their homes into cash for remodeling projects and elect to hire a professional designer. Furthermore, the creation of multiple design shows on cable and satellite television has increased an interest in consumer spending in the areas of home design.
Opportunities for employment are also growing from the many furniture retailers who now prefer to employ interior designers either as the store's designer or as sales associates in order to offer customers interior design services in conjunction with furniture purchases. Paint and wall covering retailers, as well as rug and floor covering retailers are employing designers to provide these same services. In the commercial sectors, interior designers are still sought for new construction and construction renovation projects, especially in the areas of health care and hospitality.
Interior designers placing themselves into the field in the next four years can expect to find jobs with architectural firms, architectural landscapers, furniture retailers, and private businesses. As of 2006, approximately one-fourth of interior designers were self-employed, working with private clients, businesses, and corporations either as contractors with other companies or through their own design studios.
Employment opportunities vary from state to state, with some states licensing or certifying interior designers. Larger architectural firms often seek those with a four year degree in interior design, while other sectors seek talented and creative individuals with any amount of training. Those interested in self-employment can tailor their education to meet their business goals.
The job outlook for the interior design field is generally strong, especially for those who are able to specialize in one area or niche in design work. Some of the specific areas of design that are highly sought include outdoor living space design, bathroom and kitchen design, and the newly coined term "techorating," which involves designing a space to incorporate modern technologies, such as flat panel TVs, surround sound, theater seating, and home office equipment.
For those interested in a career in interior design, employment opportunities are projected to remain good. Those just beginning in the field can expect to receive entry-level opportunities, with possible on-the-job training, and the potential to advance their career. Opportunity for growth through continued education and networking through national conventions also remains good.
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