Learn about the types of people who become interior designers. This page goes into detail about the employment, gender, and ethnic ratios of the workplace.


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Employment Type Mix, 2022

65% of interior designers work in full-time roles while 35% work part-time.

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Gender Mix By Career Interest, 2022

This graph shows the distribution of females and males that are interested in becoming an interior designer. Four or five star ratings on CareerExplorer indicate interest.

More women than men are interested in becoming interior designers at a ratio of 2.12 to 1.

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Actual Gender Mix, 2022

87% of interior designers are female and 13% are male.

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Gender Bias, 2022

This is one of the most compelling statistics we collect. Gender bias shows the difference between gender interest in being an interior designer and the actual gender mix of people in the career.

If there is a significant difference, then it means there is a gender imbalance between those interested in becoming an interior designer and those who end up becoming one.

In this case there are more men interested in becoming an interior designer than those actually working as one. It is hard to pinpoint the exact reasons why, but there are likely various forces at play, from changing interests over time to societal norms and biases.

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Ethnic Mix, 2019

The largest ethnic group of interior designers are White, making up 56% of the population. The next highest segments are South Asian and East Asian, making up 9% and 8% respectively.