Interior Designers plan, design, detail and supervise the construction of commercial, industrial, retail and residential building interiors to produce an environment tailored to a purpose, with particular emphasis on space creation, space planning, and factors that enhance living and working environments.

A Bachelor Degree or higher, or at least 5 years of experience, is usually needed to work in this job. Around two in five 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
  • researching and analysing spatial, functional, efficiency, safety and aesthetic requirements
  • formulating design concepts for building interiors
  • preparing sketches, diagrams, illustrations and plans to communicate design concepts
  • negotiating design solutions with clients, management, suppliers and construction staff
  • selecting, specifying and recommending functional and aesthetic materials, furniture and products for interiors
  • detailing and documenting selected design for construction
  • supervising the construction of interiors

Job Titles

  • Interior Designer
  • Interior Designer

    Specialisations: Commercial Interior Designer, Environmental Designer, Residential Interior Designer, Retail Interior Designer

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    $1,019 Before Tax
  • Future Growth

    very strong
  • Skill Level

    Bachelor Degree or higher
  • Employment Size

    11500
  • Unemployment

    average
  • Male Share

    28.6%
  • Female Share

    71.4%
  • Full-Time Share

    79.0%

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This is a small occupation employing 11,500 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has grown strongly.
Very 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.

  • Interior Designers work in most parts of Australia.
  • They mainly work in: Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Construction; and Retail Trade.
  • Full-time work is common. Full-time workers, on average, work 41.6 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $1,019 per week (below the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • The average age is 42 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Around 7 in 10 workers are female.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was similar to the 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
20067100
20078600
20089500
20097700
20108000
201112100
201210600
20137100
20147800
201511500
202013800

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.
EarningsInterior DesignersAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings10191230

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.
CategoryInterior DesignersAll Jobs Average
Full-time7968.4
Part-time2131.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)41.640

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 Services61.6
Construction13.8
Retail Trade13
Manufacturing9.8
Other Industries1.8

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.
StateInterior DesignersAll Jobs Average
NSW31.631.8
VIC29.725.5
QLD13.419.8
SA3.96.8
WA17.911.2
TAS0.92
NT01.1
ACT2.61.8

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 BracketInterior DesignersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.2-5.45.4
20-249.8-9.99.9
25-3425.2-23.423.4
35-4423-21.721.7
45-5429.6-21.121.1
55-593.5-8.78.7
60-647.7-5.95.9
65 and Over0-3.83.8

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.
CategoryInterior DesignersCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males28.6Males53.6
Females71.4Females46.4

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.
Around two in five 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 Interior Designers who are reliable, motivated and provide good customer service.

Knowledge

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

  1. Design

    95% Important

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

  2. Customer and Personal Service

    85% Important

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

  3. Building and Construction

    83% Important

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

  4. English Language

    81% Important

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

  5. Administration and Management

    73% 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. Getting Information

    94% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  2. Thinking Creatively

    92% Important

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

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

    91% 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.

  4. Communicating with Persons Outside Organization

    84% Important

    Communicating with customers, the public, government, and others in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

  5. Building Good Relationships

    84% Important

    Building and keeping constructive and cooperative working relationships with others.

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