Multimedia Specialists and Web Developers create computer animation, audio, video and graphic image files for multimedia presentations, games, motion pictures, CD-ROMs, information kiosks and the web, and plan, produce and maintain websites and web applications using web programming, scripting, authoring, content management and file transfer software.

A Bachelor Degree or higher, or at least 5 years of relevant experience together with vendor certification is usually needed. Around three quarters of workers have a university degree. Sometimes experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification.

Tasks

  • analysing, designing and developing Internet sites applying a mixture of artistry and creativity with software programming and scripting languages and interfacing with operating environments
  • designing and developing digital animations, imaging, presentations, games, audio and video clips, and Internet applications using multimedia software, tools and utilities, interactive graphics and programming languages
  • communicating with network specialists regarding web-related issues, such as security and hosting web sites, to control and enforce Internet and web server security, space allocation, user access, business continuity, web site backup and disaster recovery planning
  • designing, developing and integrating computer code with other specialised inputs, such as image files, audio files and scripting languages, to produce, maintain and support web sites
  • assisting in analysing, specifying and developing Internet strategies, web-based methodologies and development plans

Job Titles

  • Multimedia Specialist
  • Web Developer or Programmer
  • Multimedia Specialist (Electronic Game Developer, Multimedia Developer, or Multimedia Programmer)

    Creates and manipulates computer animation, audio, video and graphic image files into multimedia programs to produce data and content for CD-ROMs, information kiosks, multimedia presentations, websites, mobile telephone resources, electronic gaming environments, e-commerce and e-security solutions, and entertainment and education products.

  • Web Developer or Programmer

    Plans, produces and maintains websites using web programming languages, software applications, technologies and databases together with specifications of user needs, often in conjunction with other ICT Professionals such as Business Analysts, Web Designers and network and usability specialists.

Fast Facts

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • 8,800 workers Employment Size
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • Higher unemployment Unemployment
  • 83.3% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 38.2 hours Average full-time
  • 34 years Average age
  • 27.6% female Gender Share

The number of Multimedia Specialists and Web Developers grew moderately over the past 5 years and is expected to stay fairly stable over the next 5 years:
from 8,800 in 2017 to 9,000 by 2022.
There are likely to be around 4,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

  • Size: This is a small occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was above average in 2017.
  • Location: Multimedia Specialists and Web Developers work in most regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Education and Training; and Public Administration and Safety.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (83.3%, much higher than the all jobs average of 68.4%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 38.2 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 34 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 27.6% 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
20074400
20089400
20099700
201010000
20119100
20128300
201311600
201410100
201510400
201611800
20178800
20229000

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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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 Services61.9
Education and Training7.3
Public Administration and Safety6.7
Financial and Insurance Services6.2
Other Industries17.9

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.
StateMultimedia Specialists and Web DevelopersAll Jobs Average
NSW37.331.6
VIC32.326.2
QLD14.719.7
SA2.46.7
WA5.710.8
TAS0.52.0
NT1.01.1
ACT6.11.8

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 BracketMultimedia Specialists and Web DevelopersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.25.2
20-248.4-9.99.9
25-3450.6-23.623.6
35-4427.7-21.721.7
45-548.1-20.820.8
55-590.3-8.88.8
60-642.6-6.06.0
65 and Over2.3-4.04.0

Education Level

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 QualificationMultimedia Specialists and Web DevelopersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate44.8-8.68.6
Bachelor degree31.2-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma0-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV0-18.918.9
Year 1210.4-18.718.7
Years 11 & 1013.6-17.717.7
Below Year 100-8.18.1

A Bachelor Degree or higher, or at least 5 years of relevant experience together with vendor certification is usually needed.
Around three quarters of workers have a university degree. Sometimes experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Printing & Graphic Arts and Information and Communications Technology VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

Employers look for Multimedia Specialists and Web Developers who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong interpersonal skills.

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Computers and Electronics

    93% Important

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

  2. English Language

    79% Important

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

  3. Customer and Personal Service

    68% Important

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

  4. Design

    66% Important

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

  5. Communications and Media

    65% Important

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

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Activities

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

  1. Interacting With Computers

    97% Important

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

  2. Getting Information

    89% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  3. Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge

    89% Important

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  4. Thinking Creatively

    87% Important

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

  5. Processing Information

    85% Important

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

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The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 15-1134.00 - Web Developers.

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