Careers in Kitchen & Bath

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Whether you’re a recent graduate or currently in school, the NKBA wants to help you explore exciting career opportunities in the kitchen and bath industry. Read helpful advice for recent graduates, search for an internship or job, and let us help you start off right in a rewarding career.

Work for a design firm or other business, in showrooms or clients’ homes, or start your own company!

What kind of a future is there in the kitchen and bath industry?

Many Opportunities

Kitchen and bath designers are going to keep busy! One reason is demographics; aging baby boomers have the financial wherewithal to remodel their kitchens, and many will need to redo their baths to accommodate some physical limitations. And more than 36% of empty nesters today are opting for kitchen projects.

The green movement is motivating many homeowners to remodel so they can reduce electricity and water use.

Many Jobs

From 2006 to 2016, there will be 5 million new professional services positions, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. And the kitchen and bath industry is one area of professional services that can’t be automated or outsourced. Jobs are hands-on!

High Salaries

  • An NKBA-certified kitchen and bath designer earns an average of $87,000 a year.
  • Owners of kitchen and bath design firms earn an average of $114,000 a year.
  • Employees of kitchen and bath distributors earn an average of $76,000 a year.
  • Owners of kitchen and bath dealerships earn an average of $118,000 a year.

(Source: 2008 NKBA/KBDN Salary Survey)

Large, Stable Industry

Revenue in the kitchen and bath industry is 7 times greater than that of the movie and recording industries combine – nearly $200 billion!

Required Education

Attending an NKBA-accredited kitchen and bath design program assures employers that you have specialized knowledge. More than 50 colleges and universities have NKBA accredited programs.

The NKBA offers professional development courses, and there are four certifications for designers. NKBA certification demonstrates that you have passed a rigorous exam, have knowledge of building codes; construction; mechanical, electrical systems, and safety/environmental regulations, and that you can communicate this knowledge correctly through drawings to construction experts.

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