Interior Designer

Career Area: Design, Media, and Writing

Occupation Group: Fashion, Floral, and Interior Design

Salary

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An example would be the 25th percentile, 25 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 75 percent earn more than the estimated wage value. At the 75th percentile, 75 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 25 percent earn more than the estimated wage value.

A typical Interior Designer earns the following wages (national and state):

State

The average salary in North Carolina for those pursuing this career is $50,114

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

National

The average salary in the United States for those pursuing this career is $52,101

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Plans and designs interior spaces for buildings, including houses, offices and commercial buildings. Recommends and selects material, colors and furnishings to be used, including fabrics, flooring and furniture. May specialize in lighting design, or designing kitchens, bath rooms or closets; may focus on improving energy and water efficiency in a building.

Employment Trends

The job demand and job growth statistics shown here were derived from job posts over the past year. Expected job growth projections are extrapolated from year-over-year job post listing history.

Job demand and job growth is expected at the following rates:

LocationGrowth
North Carolina401+9.8%
Nationwide17074+4.5%

Skills

A professional in this position typically utilizes the following skills in the course of everyday work in this exciting and challenging field:

Baseline Skills

The following are baseline skills every Interior Designer is expected to have in order to experience success in this field:

  • Communication Skills: The ability to convey information to another effectively and efficiently.
  • Creativity: Mental characteristic that allows a person to think outside of the box, which results in innovative or different approaches to a particular task.
  • Organizational Skills: Experience with a systematic process of structuring, integrating, co-ordinating task goals, and activities to resources in order to attain objectives.
  • Detail-Oriented: A detail oriented person is someone who pays attention to the details and can make a conscious effort to understand causes instead of just the effects, and that does this in a second nature type of way.
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Specialized Skills

These skills are specific to working in this career:

  • Interior Design: Interior design is the art and science of enhancing the interiors, sometimes including the exterior, of a space or building, to achieve a healthier and more aesthetically pleasing environment for the end user.
  • Customer Service: Working experience with the provision of service to customers before, during and after a purchase.
  • Customer Contact: Experience working with business processes and technologies that are designed to engage customers and facilitate communication by a variety of channels.
  • Sales Goals: Working experience of Sales Goals. Sales goals or targets are a specified amount of sales that a management sets for achieving or exceeding within a specified timeframe. Sales goals are apportioned among different sales units such as salespersons, franchisees, distributors, agents, etc.
  • Purchasing: Purchasing refers to a business or organization attempting to acquire goods or services to accomplish the goals of its enterprise.

Distinguishing Skills

Any Interior Designer that possesses the following skills will stand out against the competition:

  • Design Software: Working experience with the use of software to aid in the creation, modification, analysis, or optimization of design.
  • Cabinetry: A cabinet is a box-shaped piece of furniture with doors or drawers for storing miscellaneous items.
  • Residential Design: Residential design is a process that results in a new home. Architectural clients might experience confusion about this term because it represents several phases of the home design process. The process of residential design includes a contract that specifies details about design, construction and pricing obligations. Home owners who plan on interacting with an architectural firm can benefit from exploring residential design related concepts before the residential design meetings begin.
  • Interior Architecture: Interior Architecture is the design of a space inside any building or shelter type home that can be fixed. It can also be the initial design and plan for use, then later redesign to accommodate a changed purpose, or a significantly revised design for adaptive reuse of the building shell.
  • Design Industry Knowledge: Design Industry Knowledge. Design is the creation of a plan or convention for the construction of an object, system or measurable human interaction (as in architectural blueprints, engineering drawings, business processes, circuit diagrams, and sewing patterns). Design has different connotations in different fields. In some cases, the direct construction of an object (as in pottery, engineering, management, coding, and graphic design) is also considered to use design thinking.

Experience

This position typically requires the following level of experience. The numbers presented in the pie charts below were derived from actual job posts over the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Experience Required%
0 to 2 years45%
3 to 5 years45%
6 to 8 years5%

Many of the programs offered through NC State are designed for working professionals who need additional credentials to enhance existing work experience.

Students who do not have the expected level of experience may wish to look into internship and employment opportunities.

Common Job Titles

It is possible to find work in this field in positions commonly listed as the following job titles:

  • Designer - Kitchen/Bath
  • Interior Designer
  • Design Consultant
  • Interior Design Assistant
  • Kitchen Designer

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