Industry Snapshot: Interior Design

August 13, 2021
Industry Snapshot: Interior Design

As working professionals transitioned to staying at home in 2020, many 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 1,759 postings a month for interior designers in 2022 thus far. EMSI predicts that the industry will experience upward growth until 2026. As seen below, AutoCAD has come up as a top skill for interior designers every quarter since May 2020.


EMSI Interior Design 2021


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 April 2020 to April 2021

  • New York, NY
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Washington, DC
  • Seattle, WA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Chicago, IL
  • El Paso, TX
  • Dallas, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • 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.

EMSI Interior Design 2020

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