License required in 4 states
1st most burdensome licensing requirements among moderate-income occupations
87th most heavily regulated occupation among moderate-income occupations
What They DoInterior designers plan, design and furnish interiors of residential, commercial or industrial buildings. They formulate design that is practical, aesthetic and conducive to intended purposes, such as raising productivity, selling merchandise or improving life style.
Three states and D.C. license the practice of interior design. License requirements are highly uniform: All three states and D.C. require six years (2,190 days) of education or experience, between $1,120 and $1,485 in fees, and one exam. These requirements are the most burdensome of all 102 occupations studied here. However, because so few states license the practice of interior design, the occupation ranks as only the 87th most widely and onerously licensed.