Interior Design Employment Information


Often the first question a prospective student asks is “what type of job can I expect after graduation?”   Career options are virtually limitless.  Below is only a sampling of the positions for which an interior design grad may be qualified.

Residential Design:

  • House design
  • Aging-in-place design
  • Barrier-free design
  • Staging / organizing
  • Kitchen and bath design
  • Children’s spaces
  • Real estate

Commercial Design

  • Architecture firms
  • Facility management for corporations, industries and institutions
  • Education: Schools and universities
  • Healthcare
  • Museum design / displays
  • Retail store design

Interior Related Retail

  • Furniture / floor covering / window treatment showrooms
  • Lighting designer
  • Sales representative / manager


  • Fabric / textiles
  • Product design
  • Design trade shows and exhibit design
  • Marketing

Other Employment Opportunities

  • Drafter / CAD specialist
  • Project management
  • Art / rendering
  • Teaching

Many of these positions offer flexible hours and locations.  In addition, with some experience, self-employment or contract work is often an attractive option.


Invariably the second question a prospective student asks is “how much am I going to get payed?”

According to the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median income for an interior designer is $48,840 per year or $23.48 per hour.  In the Charlotte area, expect a starting salary in the $28,000 to $34,000 per year range.  It is not unusual for an experienced designer to earn in $60,000 plus per year.

For Bureau of Labor Statistics information and on the career of interior design refer to this link: