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Industry Snapshot: Interior Design

September 9, 2022
EMSI Interior Design 2022

As working from home becomes more of the norm, many have turned to interior design to improve the residential spaces around them. Interior designers combine technical knowledge of scale and proportion with such concepts as client psychology to make lasting decisions about residential and commercial properties. As the industry has grown, specialized fields such as sustainable building and lighting design have gained more interest. Today's interior designers are expected to keep up with the latest tools and software, from SketchUp to AutoCAD and Rhino. Whether you're a creative professional exploring interior design or an architect adding to a robust portfolio, there are several opportunities and tracks to explore.

Interior Design Opportunities

According to the job market resource EMSI, the U.S. is averaging 1,722 postings a month for interior designers from August 2021 to August 2022. EMSI predicts that the industry will experience upward growth until 2030. As seen below, California has seen the most unique job postings for Interior Designers in the last year.


EMSI Interior Design 2022


One of our interior design instructors, Jamel Williams, agreed that technology and the online marketplace might be a factor for this shift. "You do have the access and potential to have projects that are long distance," he said. Indeed, EMSI confirmed that interior designers have been in high demand across the United States.

Top Cities Posting from August 2021 to August 2022

  • New York, NY
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Dallas, TX
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Chicago IL
  • Austin TX
  • Miami, FL
  • Seattle, WA
  • San Diego, CA
  • Atlanta, GA

[Source: EMSI]

Build Your Skills

If you're just getting started, consider our Interior Design certificate. The required courses allow you to gain hands-on experience in drafting and space planning while exploring the fundamental elements of both residential and commercial designs. Jennifer Levy, an alumna of the Interior Design certificate, said the instructors "encouraged us to explore design thinking and work out projects on a conceptual level."

Our Interior and Architectural Design Software certificate develops your hard skills in the top industry software programs SketchUp and AutoCAD and teaches you how to package your creations into a client-ready portfolio. And our newest certificate, Interior Lighting Design, focuses on lighting systems and technologies to create more functional environments.

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