Interior Designer

Career Overview

A person who designs and coordinates the decorative elements of the interior of a house, apartment, office, or other structural space, including color schemes, fittings, furnishings, and sometimes architectural features. They often use complex software to complete their designs.


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.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$24,000 /yr
$42,000 /yr
$80,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Psychology
  • Computer Science
  • Art
  • Business
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Graphic Arts
  • Graphic Design
  • Photography
  • Videography
Work Environment

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.

Future Outlook

There will likely be strong competition for these positions. Opportunities may differ based on geographical location.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada