If you like the furniture, scenery, and props of a television show, then you have to thank the Set Designer for it. It is his or her job to design the environment in which the action will take place. The set designer would read the script a couple of times to get the general feel of it and then list their recommendations for the set. They must take note of the location, day, season, and historical period based on what they read from the script.
Salaries for set designers would vary but on an average, the pay is around $36,000 to $54,000. Some television production companies do pay higher than that.
To become a set designer, one must have a degree in visual arts or design studies. But most of the experiences are learned on the job itself. Those who aspire in this career usually start at the bottom as assistant in a studio. Some would even accept low paying jobs as model makers just to get inside.
Set designers would learn addition skills such as computer aided design (CAD) to have an advantage over others. There are others that would even take post-graduate courses in a particular field of expertise. Resident assistant set designers would in time become head designers, art directors or production designer of the production company. For a freelance set designer, their career would development depending on the projects they could get their hands on. The bigger the production, the more prestigious their name would be among their peers.