Architects and Landscape Architects design commercial, industrial, institutional, residential and recreational buildings and landscapes.

A Bachelor Degree or higher is required and the vast majority of workers have a university degree. Sometimes relevant experience or on-the-job training is also needed. Registration or licensing may be required, depending on the state or territory you live in.

Tasks

  • obtaining advice from clients and management to determine type, style and size of planned buildings and alterations to existing buildings
  • providing information regarding designs, materials and estimated building times
  • preparing project documentation, including sketches and scale drawings, and integrating structural, mechanical and aesthetic elements in final designs
  • writing specifications and contract documents for use by builders and calling tenders on behalf of clients
  • consulting with Professionals and clients about external area designs, costs and construction
  • compiling and analysing site and community data about geographical and ecological features, landforms, soils, vegetation, site hydrology, visual characteristics and human-made structures, to formulate land use and development recommendations, and for preparing environmental impact statements
  • preparing reports, site plans, working drawings, specifications and cost estimates for land development, showing location and details of proposals, including ground modelling, structures, vegetation and access
  • inspecting construction work in progress to ensure compliance with plans, specifications and quality standards

Job Titles

  • Architect
  • Landscape Architect
  • Architect

    Plans and designs buildings, provides concepts, plans, specifications and detailed drawings, negotiates with builders and advises on the procurement of buildings. Registration or licensing is required.

    Specialisations: Conservation or Heritage Architect

  • Landscape Architect

    Plans and designs land areas for projects such as open space networks, parks, schools, institutions, roads, external areas for all building types, land subdivisions, and commercial, industrial and residential sites.

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    $1,259 Before Tax
  • Future Growth

    very strong
  • Skill Level

    Bachelor Degree or higher
  • Employment Size

    24500
  • Unemployment

    below average
  • Male Share

    68.9%
  • Female Share

    31.1%
  • Full-Time Share

    89.0%

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This is a large occupation employing 24,500 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has grown.
Very strong growth is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create between 10,001 and 25,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • While there are jobs in many parts of Australia, New South Wales has a large share of Architects and Landscape Architects.
  • They mainly work in: Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Construction; and Public Administration and Safety.
  • Full-time work is very common. Full-time workers, on average, work 42.5 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $1,259 per week (similar to the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • The average age is 41 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Around 7 in 10 workers are male.
  • 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
200520200
200619900
200720300
200820100
200919500
201022800
201122400
201223300
201319500
201428000
201524500
202029000

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.
EarningsArchitects and Landscape ArchitectsAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings12591230

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.
CategoryArchitects and Landscape ArchitectsAll Jobs Average
Full-time8968.4
Part-time1131.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)42.540

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)
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services86.2
Construction8.4
Public Administration and Safety2.1
Arts and Recreation Services1.2
Other Industries2.1

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.
StateArchitects and Landscape ArchitectsAll Jobs Average
NSW46.431.8
VIC22.725.5
QLD14.619.8
SA2.56.8
WA8.311.2
TAS1.42
NT0.61.1
ACT3.51.8

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 BracketArchitects and Landscape ArchitectsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190-5.45.4
20-249.1-9.99.9
25-3427.7-23.423.4
35-4427.3-21.721.7
45-5425.9-21.121.1
55-593.9-8.78.7
60-643.1-5.95.9
65 and Over3-3.83.8

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.
CategoryArchitects and Landscape ArchitectsCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males68.9Males53.6
Females31.1Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

Source: ABS, Education and Work (2016). Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Skill level requirements can change over time, the qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationArchitects and Landscape ArchitectsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate24.7-8.68.6
Bachelor degree68.9-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma6.4-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV0-18.918.9
Year 120-18.718.7
Years 11 & 100-17.717.7
Below Year 100-8.18.1

A Bachelor Degree or higher is required and the vast majority of workers have a university degree. Sometimes relevant experience or on-the-job training is also needed. Registration or licensing may be required, depending on the state or territory you live in.

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 Architects and Landscape Architects who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong interpersonal skills.

Knowledge

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

  1. Design

    94% Important

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

  2. Building and Construction

    91% Important

    Materials, methods, and the tools used to construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

  3. Customer and Personal Service

    80% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  4. English Language

    79% Important

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  5. Administration and Management

    76% Important

    Planning and coordination of people and resources.

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Activities

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

  1. Thinking Creatively

    93% Important

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

  2. 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.

  3. Making Decisions and Solving Problems

    90% Important

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

  4. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

    88% Important

    Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

  5. Checking Compliance with Standards

    87% Important

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

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