Interior Decorator Voted Most Fun Job

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When asked, "Which of these jobs do you think would be the most fun?” nearly 40% of respondents voted for interior decorating in a survey at LearningAndLife.com (http://www.learningandlife.com), which features career tips, education advice and school listings. Next came fashion merchandising (23%), followed by video game design (21%), and trailed by professional chef (16%). This parallels growing consumer interest in design and home improvement shows.

When asked, "Which of these jobs do you think would be the most fun?" nearly 40% of respondents voted for interior decorating in a survey at LearningAndLife.com, which features career tips, education advice and school listings. Next came fashion merchandising (23%), followed by video game design (21%), and trailed by professional chef (16%). This parallels growing consumer interest in home design and improvement shows. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition saw a leap from 10 million viewers a show in March of 2004 to nearly 17 million viewers in March of 2006.

While respondents considered interior decorating and design a fun career, it is also a very competitive field. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports a current labor force of 65,000 interior decorators and designers. For people looking for a strong community of designers, Arizona, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, and Georgia have the highest number of interior decorators and designers per capita. In D.C., a good interior designer can enjoy an annual salary of around $61,000. California, Massachusetts, Nevada, and New York round out the top five highest average salaries. However, the number one metropolitan area for annual salary is Santa Fe, N.M. with a yearly income of approximately $76,000.

The LearningAndLife.com career poll received over 3,000 responses. Interior decorator was the clear winner with over 1,200 votes--40% of the total response. Perhaps uncertainty over what exactly constitutes fashion "merchandising" made this career second choice with a little over half as many votes. Third place for video game design, with 21% of the vote, was no surprise. Consumers clearly would rather play video games than design them. And very few people were seduced by the glamour of celebrity chefs; professional chef came in fourth with only 16% of the vote.

LearningAndLife.com features helpful information and tips on education, career options, and job training, including creative careers such as interior design (http://www.learningandlife.com/creative-careers/). The site offers the advice and tools you need to enrich your life and advance your career.

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