How to become a Interior Designer

Interior designers design and supervise the construction or redevelopment of building interiors.

Personal requirements of a Interior Designer

  • Creative and artistic flair
  • Good at problem-solving and lateral thinking
  • Able to work independently or as part of a team
  • Good communication skills
  • Aptitude for technical drawing and illustration

Education & Training for a Interior Designer

To become an interior designer you usually have to complete a VET qualification. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have a degree in applied design, interior design, interior architecture or spatial design. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English and mathematics are normally required. Applicants may also be required to attend an interview and submit a folio of recent design work. Institutions have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For further details, visit

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

very strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 1.8%

NSW 33.8%

NT 0%

QLD 7.5%

SA 11.2%

TAS 1.2%

VIC 35.8%

WA 8.8%

Hours worked:



below average

Gender split:

Male 27.3%

Female 72.7%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 0%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 0%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 0%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 19%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 34.9%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 46%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 44.7%

Above 35 years: 55.2%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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