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Employment in design set to rise over the next decade

on Monday,January 19,2009 21:01

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Despite job losses mounting in these tough economic times, the design sector is projected to grow dynamically in the next few years.

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate that the number of jobs in interior design is due to increase by as much as 19 percent from around 72,000 to 86,000 by 2016.

Graphic design will experience a slower but still respectable growth of 10 percent to 286,000, while the biggest upswing, 37 percent, will occur in the area of web design and computer technology.

But how is the design industry faring during the current recession?

Alan Wyatt started his company Designs of the Interior near Duluth, Georgia three years ago. His business model, which relies on working directly with manufacturers, is proving remarkably resilient.

"We can make somebody's home [look] great with virtually any budget they give us," Wyatt told the Gwinnett Herald.

He adds that although people are more careful with money, many still want their wine cellars and kitchens renovated. There are also opportunities in office and nursing home improvements.

This success story notwithstanding, the tough economy may provide a good opportunity for people interested in careers in interior or graphic design to take classes or enroll in a degree program.
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