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Interior Designer Job Outlook
Employment of Interior Designers is expected to be
faster than average; however, keen competition for jobs is expected.
Employment change. 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.
Recent increases in homeowner wealth and the
growing popularity of home improvement television programs have increased demand
for residential design services. Homeowners have been using the equity in their
homes to finance new additions, remodel aging kitchens and bathrooms, and update
the general décor of the home. Many homeowners also have requested design help
in creating year-round outdoor living spaces.
However, this same growth in home improvement
television programs and discount furniture stores has spurred a trend in
do-it-yourself design, which could hamper employment growth of designers.
Nevertheless, some clients will still hire designers for initial consultations.
Demand from businesses in the hospitality
industry—hotels, resorts, and restaurants—is expected to be high because of an
expected increase in tourism. Demand for interior design services from the
health care industry also is expected to be high because of an anticipated
increase in demand for facilities that will accommodate the aging population.
Designers will be needed to make these facilities as comfortable and homelike as
possible for patients.
Some Interior Designers choose to specialize in one
design element to create a niche for themselves in an increasingly competitive
market. The demand for kitchen and bath design is growing in response to the
growing demand for home remodeling. Designs using the latest technology in, for
example, home theaters, state-of-the-art conference facilities, and security
systems are expected to be especially popular. In addition, demand for home
spas, indoor gardens, and outdoor living space should continue to increase.
Extensive knowledge of ergonomics and green design
are expected to be in demand. Ergonomic design has gained in popularity with the
growth in the elderly population and workplace safety requirements. The public’s
growing awareness of environmental quality and the growing number of individuals
with allergies and asthma are expected to increase the demand for green design.
Job prospects. Interior Designers are
expected to face keen competition
for available positions because many talented individuals are attracted to this
profession. Individuals with little or no formal training in interior design, as
well as those lacking creativity and perseverance, will find it very difficult
to establish and maintain a career in this occupation.
As the economy grows, more private businesses and
consumers will request the services of Interior Designers. However, design
services are considered a luxury expense and may be subject to fluctuations in
the economy. For example, decreases in consumer and business income and spending
caused by a slow economy can have a detrimental effect on employment of interior
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor,
Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition
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