Interior Design

About the Major

An Interior Design major prepares you for a career working with clients to develop a design for their home or work environment. Students study fundamentals, theory, process, communication, research, and technology to identify and solve problems related to people and their use of interior space. Read more about the major.

Common Entry Level Job Titles

  • Interior Designer
  • Design Assistant
  • Facilities Planner
  • Lighting Designer
  • Project Manager
  • CAD Technician
  • Sales Representative

Types of Employers

  • Architecture firms
  • Commercial design firms
  • Furniture companies
  • Lighting companies
  • Residential design firms
  • Retail companies

Alumni Internship and Volunteer Contacts

Search for students' previously completed experiences related to this major (to get ideas- not to get a list of openings) at: z.umn.edu/experiencedatabase. Database is updated through Summer 2018 semester only.

Salary and Employment Statistics

See the employment and salary page for statistics on the most recent graduates and previous years.

Top Career Resources

Additional Resources

In addition to these resources we recommend the following strategies to locate more information about careers related to your major:

  • O*NET and Careerwise. These tools provide comprehensive information about a wide range of careers including typical duties, salaries, employment outlook, skills and interests.
  • Locate professional associations related to your major or career interests by conducting a Google Search on “(Name of major/career area/industry) professional associations.” Try these keywords: interior, design, lighting, environment, residential
  • Get involved in one of the many industry-related student groups on campus. These groups provide links to experiences, guest speakers, and discussion with like-minded students.
  • Study Abroad Information for Interior Design