Careers in Interior Design
Bachelor of Science Degree in
Interior Design

Who employs Interior Design majors? What jobs are available?

Employment is available in both residential and /or commercial design markets. Positions may offer opportunities in full-service design, space planning, decorating, sales and/or marketing and business management. Both residential and commercial design offers opportunities with design firms, as well as, in-house designers for furniture stores, office dealerships, architectural firms, manufacturers, and builders. In general, one may work as a staff designer for private corporations or government agencies. Also, banking institutions, hospitality and food service, the retail and transportation industry, and healthcare facilities all offer employment opportunities. Or, one may specialize in areas such as kitchen and bath design, exhibits and museums, storage specialists, lighting and color consultants, and the list goes on.

Good skills or traits for Interior Design majors:
  • An interior designer is a person qualified by education, experience and examination. They solve problems pertaining to the function and quality of the interior environment and enhance and protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public.
  • One needs to develop people skills to sell design services and products.
  • Understanding the importance of color and light upon a space, or the ability to communicate through detailing and sketching ideas is usual.
Special training, degrees or experience I may need:
  • In the field, a four-year degree is preferable over a certificate or two- year degree.
  • Learn drafting and computer-aided design (CAD) skills.
  • Become familiar with the application of building codes, universal design concepts and how the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) affects design decisions.
  • Good communication and people skills.
  • Creativity and sensitivity to beauty and order is important.
  • Keep current with trends and technology.
  • Maintain an on-going portfolio of studio projects.
  • Pre-work experience in a co-op or internship while in college gives direction to goals.
  • After graduating, seek professional level certification status by taking the National council of Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) or Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD) examinations.
  • To stay active and up-to-date, continuing education is a necessity.
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