As described by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), interior designers make "interior spaces functional, safe, and beautiful by determining space requirements and selecting decorative items, such as colors, lighting, and materials." This can include houses, offices and public spaces. Interior design isn't just about making rooms look pretty -- they must also meet the needs of those occupying the space.
Doing this means being able to work with a team of professionals, which may include builders, engineers, architects and, of course, the clients. Aspiring interior designers need excellent communications skills, proficiency as a creative artist and a thorough understanding of the technical aspects of architecture, building and safety codes, air quality, light and more. It's important that you be someone who can visually conceive of a space, and understand how texture, lighting and other factors play into the overall design.
This kind of training is generally earned through a bachelor's degree in interior design, as well as a licensing process.
Interior designer salary data
Pay can varies by location. Don't disregard location and industry when deciding if an interior design career is for you, since it may make a financial difference. Here's an idea of potential salary and job growth figures for interior designers in the years to come:
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"Becoming an Interior Designer," American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), http://www.asid.org/content/becoming-interior-designer#.U_eAaWOjesA
Long Term Occupational Projections for Interior Designers, Projections Central,
Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013: Interior Designers, Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, April 1, 2014, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes271025.htm
Interior Designers, "Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition," Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Jan. 8, 2014,