Fashion, Industrial and Jewellery Designers plan, design, develop and document products for manufacture and prepare designs and specifications of products for mass, batch and one-off production.

A Bachelor Degree or higher, or at least 5 years of experience, is usually needed to work in this job. Almost three quarters of workers have a university degree. A high level of creativity may also be important.

Tasks

  • determining the objectives and constraints of the design brief by consulting with clients and stakeholders
  • undertaking product research and analysing functional, commercial, cultural and aesthetic requirements
  • formulating design concepts for clothing, textiles, industrial, commercial and consumer products, and jewellery
  • preparing sketches, diagrams, illustrations, plans, samples and models to communicate design concepts
  • negotiating design solutions with clients, management, and sales and manufacturing staff
  • selecting, specifying and recommending functional and aesthetic materials, production methods and finishes for manufacture
  • detailing and documenting the selected design for production
  • preparing and commissioning prototypes and samples
  • supervising the preparation of patterns, programs and tooling, and the manufacture process

Job Titles

  • Fashion Designer
  • Industrial Designer, or Product Designer
  • Jewellery Designer
  • Fashion Designer

    Plans, designs and develops clothing, accessories, footwear or other items of personal apparel considering the form and construction of clothing, historical styles and contexts, contemporary and cultural trends, colour, fabric, and decoration, and the techniques and processes available for manufacture.

    Specialisations: Costume Designer

  • Industrial Designer, or Product Designer

    Plans, designs, develops and documents industrial, commercial or consumer products for manufacture with particular emphasis on ergonomic (human) factors, marketing considerations and manufacturability, and prepares designs and specifications of products for mass or batch production.

    Specialisations: Ceramic Designer, Furniture Designer, Glass Designer, Textile Designer

  • Jewellery Designer

    Conceptualises and designs prototypes and details for the manufacture of jewellery and objects for personal adornment, such as watches and spectacles, homewares and other objects, such as trophies and silverware, using metals, precious stones, plastics, engraving, casting and fabrication, to develop designs for mass or batch production or one-off commissions.

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    $1,354 Before Tax
  • Future Growth

    strong
  • Skill Level

    Bachelor Degree or higher
  • Employment Size

    11,600
  • Unemployment

    below average
  • Male Share

    41.5%
  • Female Share

    58.5%
  • Full-Time Share

    70.9%

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This is a small occupation employing 11,600 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has grown strongly.
Strong growth is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create between 5,001 and 10,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • While there are jobs in many parts of Australia, Victoria and New South Wales have a large share of Fashion, Industrial and Jewellery Designers.
  • They mainly work in: Manufacturing; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Retail Trade.
  • Full-time work is common. Full-time workers, on average, work 40.9 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $1,354 per week (higher than the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • The average age is 37 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Around 6 in 10 workers are female.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was below average.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
YearNumber of Workers
20057600
20069400
20078200
20089400
200912700
201010200
201111800
201210700
20137900
20149800
201511600
202013300

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Jobs Average

Weekly Earnings (before tax)

Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsFashion, Industrial and Jewellery DesignersAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings13541230

Hours

Weekly Hours Worked

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryFashion, Industrial and Jewellery DesignersAll Jobs Average
Full-time70.968.4
Part-time29.231.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)40.940.0

Main Industries

Top Industries

Main Employing Industries (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Manufacturing41.5
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services35.6
Retail Trade13.6
Wholesale Trade3.2
Other Industries6.1

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateFashion, Industrial and Jewellery DesignersAll Jobs Average
NSW37.131.8
VIC38.625.5
QLD18.919.8
SA2.96.8
WA1.511.2
TAS1.02.0
NT0.01.1
ACT0.01.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketFashion, Industrial and Jewellery DesignersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.45.4
20-244.8-9.99.9
25-3443.4-23.423.4
35-4425.6-21.721.7
45-5418.5-21.121.1
55-593.4-8.78.7
60-641.9-5.95.9
65 and Over2.4-3.83.8

Gender

Male Share

Female Share

Gender (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryFashion, Industrial and Jewellery DesignersCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males41.5Males53.6
Females58.5Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

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A Bachelor Degree or higher, or at least 5 years of experience, is usually needed to work in this job. Almost three quarters of workers have a university degree. A high level of creativity may also be important.

If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

Employers look for Fashion, Industrial and Jewellery Designers who are creative, can self-manage and are motivated.

Knowledge

The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Design

    96% Important

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  2. Engineering and Technology

    90% Important

    Use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  3. Production and Processing

    83% Important

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  4. Mechanical

    80% Important

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  5. Computers and Electronics

    76% Important

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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Activities

The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment

    92% Important

    Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.

  2. Thinking Creatively

    90% Important

    Using your own ideas to developing, designing, or creating something new.

  3. Getting Information

    88% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  4. Interacting With Computers

    83% Important

    Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  5. Making Decisions and Solving Problems

    77% Important

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

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