Studies Show Interior Design Industry To Flourish Over Next Five Years

Jan 16, 2020

When looking at your career options, you need to choose something that you’re passionate about, something that inspires and fulfils you. You also need to put your practical hat on and choose a career that has great future prospects.

As our world becomes more digital, opportunities in some industries will decline. The good news is that’s not the case for interior design. In fact, research from the Australian Government’s Job Outlook indicates that the interior design industry is set to flourish.

Jacinta Ashby looking at furniture

Since 2013, the number of interior designers in Australia has grown strongly. That momentum is set to continue with a 15% increase in job openings by 2023. With an extra 7000 interior design jobs being created over the next five years, our students can feel confident that they’ll be able to forge a stable career after graduating.

Creativity, innovation and human connection required to be a great interior designer is a huge part of why our industry will continue to boom in the digital age. These interior designers with the right skillset are being rewarded with increasing remuneration.

Man taking photo on phone of chair against wall

Indeed estimated that the average pay for an interior designer in 2017-18 was $79,543 with senior designers earning up to $115,000 per annum. These rates are set to rise as the value of great interior design becomes more recognised and respected.

Pay is important, but it pales in comparison to waking up every day feeling inspired by the day ahead. And if you’re currently sitting in an unfulfilling job and dreaming about textiles, art and joinery, remember that age is no barrier when pursuing a career in interior design. The average age of interior designers in Australia is 38 with the industry being 76% female.

This blog was originally written by Jacqui McCallum for the Mercer Interior Design Blog and has been edited for clarity by Jennifer Park.

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