Industry Snapshot: Interior Design

January 14, 2021
Industry Snapshot: Interior Design

As 2020 had everyone spending more time at home, many turned to interior design to improve the spaces around them. Interior designers combine technical knowledge of scale and proportion with concepts such 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. 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.


According to the job market tool EMSI, there were 110,597 postings for U.S. interior design positions in 2020, up from 108,921 in 2019. EMSI predicts that the industry will experience upward growth until 2030.

EMSI Interior Design 2020

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 were in demand across the country.

Top Cities Posting from December 2019 to December 2020

  • New York, NY
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Washington, DC
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Seattle, WA
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Dallas, TX
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Boston, MA

[Source: EMSI]

Top Hard Skills from December 2019 to December 2020

  • AutoCAD
  • Autodesk
  • Revit Furnishing
  • SketchUp (3D Modeling Software)
  • Space Planning
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Furniture Fixtures And Equipment (FF&E)
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Interior Architecture

[Source: EMSI]


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 new 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.

EMSI Interior Design 2020



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