Interior Design refers to the decoration and functionality of any interior space. Interior Designers act as consultants to ensure that their clients get what they want and need. Interior Designers must be good with color, fabric, and furniture; they must have knowledge of materials and possess good communication skills; their work includes creating lay outs, and even purchasing, ordering, supervising contractors, and overseeing budgets.
Median Annual Salary$42,260
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Professionals in the field typically hold at least a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design. Education in the field will strike a balance between mastering design skills and creativity that will lead to innovative thinking about the inner and outer environment. Prospective students searching for a school should take into consideration the amount of training a school has to offer (degrees are attainable from an AA to an MFA), whether it has any nationally-recognized graduates, reputation, and accreditation. The Foundation for Interior Design Education Research (FIDER) is the accrediting body and offers a guide to well-rounded interior design curriculums providing a thorough education in the field.
Employment of interior designers is expected to grow 19 percent from 2006 to 2016, faster than average for all occupations. Economic expansion, growing homeowner wealth, and an increasing interest in interior design will increase demand for designers.
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