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Interior Designers

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  • Creative: 99
  • Social: 64
  • Purpose: 62
  • Analytical: 46
  • Supported: 30

What Interior Designers Do

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, as well as universal accessibility standards.

Work Environment

Many interior designers work for the specialized design services industry or for the architectural, engineering, and related services industry. In 2014, about 1 in 4 were self-employed.

How to Become an Interior Designer

Interior designers usually need a bachelor’s degree with a focus on interior design.

College Majors

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    Job Outlook

    Employment of interior designers is projected to grow 4 percent from 2014 to 2024, slower than 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.

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    Job Trends for Interior Designers

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    This occupation supported 54,900 jobs in 2012 and 58,900 jobs in 2014, reflecting an increase of 7.3%. In 2012, this occupation was projected to increase by 12.8% in 2022 to 61,900 jobs. As of 2014, to keep pace with prediction, the expected number of jobs was 56,300, compared with an observed value of 58,900, 4.6% higher than expected. This indicates current employment trends are better than the 2012 trend within this occupation. In 2014, this occupation was projected to increase by 4.0% in 2024 to 61,100 jobs. Linear extrapolation of the 2012 projection for 2022 results in an expected number of 63,300 jobs for 2024, 3.6% higher than the 2014 projection for 2024. This indicates expectations for future employment trends are worse than the 2012 trend within this occupation.

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