Interior designers make indoor spaces functional, safe, and beautiful by determining space requirements and selecting essential and decorative items.
A four-year bachelor's degree in interior design, drawing, computer-aided design, or a related field is necessary to obtain this position. A higher degree (master's) in a related field, which may take an additional two-three years to earn, would be more valuable.
Employment of interior designers is projected to decline 5 percent from 2019 to 2029. There may be some demand created by new construction, but opportunities for self-employed interior designers to renovate existing homes, commercial buildings, and other facilities should be limited.
Many interior designers work for the specialized design services industry or for the architectural, engineering, and related services industry. About 25% are self-employed. This job may require meeting with customers on evenings and weekends.