Job prospects Designer - Interior Design in Canada

People working as a designer - interior design have different job prospects depending on where they work in Canada. Find out what the future holds for them in your province or territory. These prospects are applicable to all Interior designers and interior decorators (NOC 5242).

Note that these employment prospects were published in December 2019 based on information available at that time. You can read our new special report to learn about the impact of COVID-19 on some occupations in your province or territory. You can also visit the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard to find the latest data on the demand and work requirements for this occupation.

Job opportunities over the next 3 years

Explore future job prospects by province and territory.

Location Job prospects
Newfoundland and Labrador Fair Fair
Prince Edward Island Undetermined Undetermined
Nova Scotia Fair Fair
New Brunswick Limited Limited
Quebec Fair Fair
Ontario Fair Fair
Manitoba Good Good
Saskatchewan Fair Fair
Alberta Fair Fair
British Columbia Fair Fair
Yukon Territory Undetermined Undetermined
Northwest Territories Undetermined Undetermined
Nunavut Undetermined Undetermined
Legend: The job opportunities can be: Undetermined Limited Fair Good

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Labour market conditions over the next 10 years

Take a closer look at the projected labour demand and supply for this occupation over the 2019-2028 period. For more information on future job trends, go to the Canadian Occupational Projections System.


SHORTAGE: This occupational group is expected to face labour shortage conditions over the period of 2019-2028 at the national level. The section below contains more detailed information regarding the outlook for this occupational group.

Employment in 2018


Median age of workers in 2018


Average retirement age in 2018


Detailed analysis

In order to determine the expected outlook of an occupation, the magnitude of the difference between the projected total numbers of new job seekers and job openings over the whole projection period (2019-2028) is analyzed in conjunction with an assessment of labour market conditions in recent years. The intention is to determine if recent labour market conditions (surplus, balance or shortage) are expected to persist or change over the period 2019-2028. For instance, if the analysis of key labour market indicators suggests that the number of job seekers was insufficient to fill the job openings (a shortage of workers) in an occupational group in recent years, the projections are used to assess if this situation will continue over the projection period or if the occupation will move towards balanced conditions.

Over the 2016-2018 period, employment in this occupational group increased at a pace similar to the average for all occupations. These employment gains were reflected on its unemployment rate, which decreased to a historical low of 1.2% in 2018, a rate far below its own historical norm and the national average of 5.8%. In addition, as the number of job vacancies increased and the number of jobless workers declined substantially, the ratio of the number of unemployed workers available to fill those vacancies declined to 1.9, which was below the national average. Hence, analysis of key labour market indicators suggests that the number of job openings exceeded substantially the number of job seekers in this occupational group over the 2016-2018 period.

For Interior designers and interior decorators, over the period 2019-2028, new job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 11,900 , while 12,500 new job seekers (arising from school leavers, immigration and mobility) are expected to be available to fill them.

As job openings and job seekers are projected to be relatively similar over the 2019-2028 period, the labour shortage conditions seen in recent years are expected to continue over the projection period. Job openings are projected to come from both employment growth and retirements. Employment growth is expected to be slightly higher than the average for all occupations, although fewer jobs will be created than over the 2009-2018 period. During the last decade, the demand for interior designers and decorators significantly increased, due to relatively strong housing markets and an increase in the renovation expenditures. It is expected that this trend will continue over the projection period, although at a slower pace than in the past. Retirements will represent over 50% of job openings, and the retirement rate is projected to be similar to the average for all occupations. Although workers in this occupation are relatively older than average, they also tend to retire a slightly later age. With regard to labour supply, school leavers are projected to account for the majority of job seekers. Furthermore, immigration will also provide its fair share of job seekers over the projection period. Technology is expected to have mixed impacts on workers in this occupation. On one side, older workers who tend to be less aligned with technological progress will need to upgrade their skills in order to maintain competitive in the labour market. On the other hand, the penetration of technology in design would allow savvy workers to showcase their services in a more impactful way, while allowing them to share their services with other occupations such as architects and trades. As a result, almost 20% of job seekers are expected to be workers from other occupations, such as graphic designers and illustrators (NOC 5241).

Source Canadian Occupational Projections System – ESDC

Labour Market Information Survey
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