Interior designers do more than just make rooms look pleasing to the eye. They also concern create structurally sound, compliant interiors that meet the needs of their clients. Once a client agrees on a plan, the interior designer's job is to oversee the installation of the project and ensure it stays within the scope of the client's budget, as well as regulatory requirements.

Florida Interior Design Schools

Usually a bachelor's degree is required for the interior design field. Many of Florida's universities and institutes of higher learning offer programs for prospective interior designers to gain the skills they need to succeed in their profession.

  • The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale: Students can earn a bachelor's degree in fine arts from the Art Institute, where they will study economic design and safety with regard to interior architecture.

  • Florida International University: Voted the 9th best interior design school in the country by DesignIntelligence, FIU offers a CIDA-accredited interior architecture program for undergrad and graduate students.

  • Florida State University: The undergrad and graduate programs offered at FSU fully prepare students for National Council for Interior Design Qualification certification.

  • Ringling College of Art and Design: The school's "Better World By Design" program focuses on the social and economic impact of interior design, which goes a long way toward maintaining relationships with major industry associations and Fortune 500 companies.

  • The Art Institute at Miami International University of Art and Design: MIU offers bachelor's and master's programs in interior design, and accepts transfer students from select educational institutions across the country.

What to Expect from Florida Interior Design Programs

Though you will have many options when registering for specific interior design programs in Florida, your coursework will likely involve the following studies:

  • Architectural drafting and design: Learning best practices for creating economically and structurally sound interiors

  • CAD software training: Using computer software to plan and design interiors

  • Art Theory, Trends, and History: Understanding various styles of interior design throughout the ages, as well as the underlying concepts behind such designs

  • Sociology and communications: Studying the needs of your clients and learning to communicate effectively with others involved in the design process

  • Compliance: Studying the legal guidelines that must be followed when designing interiors

Florida Interior Design Certification

Though not required for professional interior designers in Florida specializing in residential buildings, those looking to work with commercial businesses and public organizations will need to earn a professional certificate from the state.

You may gain licensure by receiving endorsement from a current professional, business or corporation that specializes in interior design, or by passing the NCIDQ examination.

Resources for Interior Decorators in Florida

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Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

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Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Interior Designers

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Florida. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.

Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:
Interior Designers

Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Interior Designers relative to the population of the city. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Metro Area
Annual Median Salary
Jacksonville 380 $40,160
Cape Coral 240 $31,430
Fort Myers 240 $31,430
Crestview 90 $42,820
Fort Walton Beach 90 $42,820
Destin 90 $42,820
Orlando 600 $38,020
Kissimmee 600 $38,020
Sanford 600 $38,020
Palm Bay 40 $43,290
Melbourne 40 $43,290
Titusville 40 $43,290
Pensacola 40 $37,510
Ferry Pass 40 $37,510
Brent 40 $37,510
Port St. Lucie N/A $32,440
Lakeland 60 $44,210
Winter Haven 60 $44,210
Miami 1980 $45,000
Fort Lauderdale 1980 $45,000
West Palm Beach 1980 $45,000
Naples 200 $52,830
Immokalee 200 $52,830
Marco Island 200 $52,830
North Port 120 $35,180
Sarasota 120 $35,180
Bradenton 120 $35,180
Ocala 40 $28,430
Sebastian N/A $44,710
Vero Beach N/A $44,710
Tallahassee 60 $34,260
Tampa 480 $41,860
St. Petersburg 480 $41,860
Clearwater 480 $41,860


  1. Ringling College of Art and Design, http://www.ringling.edu/Interior-Design
  2. Department of Interior Architecture and Design, College of Fine Arts, http://interiordesign.fsu.edu/about/
  3. Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, https://www.artinstitutes.edu/fort-lauderdale/programs/interior-design/470
  4. Interior Architecture, FIU, http://carta.fiu.edu/interiors/about/
  5. Interior Designers, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/arts-and-design/mobile/interior-designers.htm

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