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

  • $1,019 Weekly Pay
  • 15,200 workers Employment Size
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 72.7% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 38.7 hours Average full-time
  • 39.5 years Average age
  • 71.2% female Gender Share

The number of Interior Designers grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow very strongly over the next 5 years:
from 15,200 in 2017 to 17,700 by 2022.
There are likely to be around 8,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

  • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2017.
  • Location: Interior Designers work in most regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Manufacturing; and Construction.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers earn 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.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (72.7%, similar to the all jobs average of 68.4%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 38.7 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 40 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 71.2% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
YearNumber of Workers
20076800
200810600
20097900
20108600
20117200
201211100
20139700
20147700
20159600
20169600
201715200
202217700

Weekly Earnings

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

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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 Services75.0
Manufacturing10.4
Construction8.0
Retail Trade3.5
Other Industries3.1

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 2017, 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
NSW40.931.6
VIC35.126.2
QLD11.019.7
SA3.06.7
WA8.210.8
TAS0.62.0
NT0.01.1
ACT1.21.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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
15-190.4-5.25.2
20-246.9-9.99.9
25-3439.9-23.623.6
35-4415.5-21.721.7
45-5430.0-20.820.8
55-590.8-8.88.8
60-643.4-6.06.0
65 and Over3.2-4.04.0

Education Level

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.

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Employers look for Interior Designers who are reliable, motivated and provide good customer service.

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  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

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  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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The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 27-1025.00 - Interior Designers.

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