Common Specialties and Career Options

There are many other ways to work or specialize in interior design and the built environment industry. Care must be taken in defining too narrow a niche as there may not be sufficient business to support the firm when the specialty is too narrow.

Residential
Single Family Dwelling
Second homes
Condominiums and Townhouses
Model Homes
Kitchen and Bath Design
Home Offices
Residential Historical Restoration
Residential remodeling
Home theater design
Color Consultant for home builders
Corporate and Executive Offices
Professional Offices
Financial institutions
Law firms
Stockbrokers & investment brokers
Accounting firms
Real Estate brokerages
Travel agencies
Any other type of office
Health Care
Hospitals
Surgery centers
Psychiatric facilities
Special care facilities
Hospice facilities
Medical and dental office suites
Assisted and senior living facilities
Rehabilitation facilities
Medical labs
Veterinary clinics
Hospitality and Entertainment
Hotels, motels, and resorts
Restaurants
Recreational vehicles
Health clubs and spas
Sports complexes
Convention centers
Amusement parks and other parks
Theaters
Museums
Restoration of historic sites
State Welcome Centers
Retail / Merchandising
Department stores
Malls and shopping centers
Specialized retail stores
Showrooms
Galleries
Car Dealerships
Institutional
Government offices and facilities
Schools – all levels
Day-care centers
Religious facilities
Prisons
Industrial Facilities
Manufacturing areas
Training areas in industrial buildings
Research and Development laboratories
Transportation
Airports, bus or train terminals
Tour ships
Yachts
Custom airplanes
Recreational vehicles
Houseboats
Other Career Options
Sales Associate for retailers
Sales representative for manufacturers
Interior Design management
Project managers
Public relations
Teaching
Facility planners for corporations
CAD specialist
Renderers and Model builders
Product designers
Furniture designers
Specification writers
Writers for magazines
Marketing specialists w/in construction industry
Museum Curators
Facilities Coordinator
Merchandising and Exhibit Design
Graphic Design
Wayfinding design
Lighting designer
Commercial Kitchen designer
Art consultant
LEED’s specialist
Codes specialist
Textile or wallcovering designer
Color consultant
Set design for tv or movies