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5 Reasons to Get an Interior Design Graduate Degree in DC

Posted by Katie Redmiles on May 9, 2019, 10:20:21 AM

Tyler Wisler doing interior design

Interior Design is one of the hottest industries in Washington D.C. If you’re creative, organized, and have a knack for detail, then there’s no better career choice for you right now. Obtaining a master’s degree in interior design will put you on the fast track to success in this booming field, and pursuing this advanced degree will boost your career opportunities, both now and in the future.

Not sure of the benefits of a graduate degree in interior design in D.C.?

Well, we’re here to list five really good reasons you should pursue a master’s degree in interior design right now in D.C.

Note: Save your spot at our upcoming Interior Design Luncheon on Friday, May 17 !

1. Urban areas like D.C. nurture innovation and creativity.

As an interior designer, as an innovator, and as an artist, you need to have the ability and the freedom to nurture your creative instincts and develop your unique aesthetic expression.

Pursuing a graduate degree near an urban area like Washington D.C. will give you the opportunity to learn from and work with people of diverse experiences and backgrounds, which will broaden your knowledge base and increase your empathetic nature, which are necessary for effectively employing human-centered design thinking.

Take it from Tyler Wisler, a graduate of Marymount University's Interior Design program:

"I also chose Marymount because I knew that wherever I got my education, I wanted it to be in a large metropolitan setting. The design aesthetics are much different in D.C. or New York City than in more rural areas. And that's inherently what I'm about. In cities, we embrace the new, and we embrace forward thinking," says Tyler.

2. Career opportunities for interior designers in D.C. are numerous.

It’s a common myth that the majority of an interior designer's work revolves around decoration. But the career opportunities in interior design are not limited – interior designers with advanced degrees can specialize in other areas, such as the commercial design sectors and outdoor landscaping and design.

Just think of all the spaces, in D.C. for instance, that need a professional designer – from restaurants and skyscrapers to museums and gardens. They’re all created by a professional interior designer and having an advanced degree opens the opportunity to tackle challenging and exciting projects for unique clients.

3. As an interior designer in D.C., you’ll set yourself apart from other design professionals.

Washington D.C. is consistently ranked as having a high population of people with graduate or professional degrees. That said, obtaining a graduate degree and working in interior design in the D.C. area will set you apart from your business competition. Your master's in interior design will demonstrate skill and expertise in an area that demands excellence, especially with the number of exclusive opportunities for design in the D.C. area.

4. Interior design in D.C. is a top-paying profession.

It’s a fact that interior designers in the D.C. area are paid well. According to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, Washington D.C. is the TOP paying state in the country for interior designers, with a median salary of $86,410. But the good news doesn’t stop there. The D.C./Maryland/Virginia area (as a whole) ranked at #5 for having the highest employment level and at #3 as the top paying metro area for interior designers.

You’ll never have to worry about succeeding in this business here as an interior designer with an advanced degree.

5. The D.C. area is a constantly-growing hub for interior designers.

The U.S. Census Bureau just released 2016 estimates for fastest growing metropolitan areas, and you guessed it – D.C. ranks high at #6. More than 1,500 people move to the D.C. area each week! This constant population explosion means more houses, more businesses, and more spaces that must be built. These places will need a professional designer, creating a constant flow of business for you as an interior designer with a master’s degree.

Boost your career in interior design today!

We hope that this blog post has been helpful in educating you on some of the upcoming trends you can expect as a competitive, successful interior designer. You can read more stories related to interior design here!

If you're ready to learn more about Marymount University's Interior Design graduate program, you can request more information today or attend one of our in-person or virtual interior design events! We can't wait to hear from you.

Featured image courtesy of Tyler Wisler.

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Posted by Katie Redmiles

Katie has been working in Higher Education for over five years now. She currently serves as the Graduate Enrollment Coordinator for the Education, English and Humanities, Interior Design, and Counseling programs at Marymount University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Mary Washington, where she also worked in transfer admissions before coming to Marymount, and a Master's in English from George Mason University. In her free time, Katie enjoys rock climbing, reading, and sharing a good meal (usually involving cheese) with family and friends.

Topics: Interior Design

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This blog is intended to help busy working professionals and recent college graduates to be informed about graduate school options. We explore various academic disciplines, professional development opportunities, and industry trends related to graduate education.

From what to look for in a graduate program to how to balance life, school and everywhere in between, we hope that our tips and advice will help you end up at the right school, in the right program, and at the right time.

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