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How to Have a Career in Interior Design

A career in interior design can be rewarding – here's what it takes to achieve.


  • Step 1: Learn requirements Talk to a counselor and visit websites to learn about different schools, courses of study, and careers for interior designers.
  • Step 2: Get a degree Complete a degree program in interior design.
  • Step 3: Gain experience Get experience through internships or apprenticeships. The apprenticeship period lasts one to three years.
  • TIP: Networking will open doors down the road.
  • Step 4: Get certified Pass the National Council for Interior Design Qualification exam.
  • Step 5: Get your license Obtain your license by meeting state and country requirements. Learn state requirements by going to their official web sites.
  • FACT: Did you know? Twenty-six percent of interior designers are self-employed.

You Will Need

  • A degree
  • Experience
  • Certification
  • A license

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