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, you 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, you may choose to specialize in areas such as kitchen and bath design, exhibits and museums, storage specialists, lighting and color consultant … the list goes on.
A growing population and higher personal income has created numerous career opportunities in the field. Today, professional interior designers influence environments.
Besides designing private homes, or specializing in kitchen and bath design, you may prefer the diversity of non-residential design.
Here you may create environments for:
- restaurants and hotels
- educational and Criminal Justice facilities
- retail stores
- religious sanctuaries
- exhibits and museums
- trains, ships
- airliners and recreational vehicles
And, your work environment may be located in the comfort of your own home, public sector, or government setting.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the field growing by 27% through 2006 nationally, and in North Carolina; the Economic Research Institute expects growth of 56% during the same period.
Browse the links below for information on professional organizations and societies in the field of interior design.
- American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)
- British Interior Design Association (BIDA)
- Interior Design Society
- International Interior Design Association (IIDA)
- National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA)
You can also learn more about interior design career opportunities through WCU’s Career Services website.