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.

    Either extensive experience or a formal qualification in in a related field is needed to work as a Fashion, Industrial or Jewellery Designer. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Fashion, Industrial and Jewellery Designers.

    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

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    • Unavailable Weekly Pay
    • Very strong Future Growth
    • Unavailable Unemployment
    • 15,300 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 74% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 45 hours Average full-time
    • 36 years Average age
    • 62% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Fashion, Industrial and Jewellery Designers (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
    from 10,000 in 2014 to 15,300 in 2019.

    Caution: The Australian jobs market is changing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These estimates do not take account of the impact of COVID-19. They may not reflect the current jobs market and should be used and interpreted with extreme caution.

    • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
    • Location: Many Fashion, Industrial and Jewellery Designers work in Victoria.
    • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Manufacturing; and Retail Trade.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (74%, higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 45 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 36 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 62% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Caution: The 2019 employment projections do not take account of any impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and are therefore no longer reflective of current labour market conditions. As such, they should be used, and interpreted, with extreme caution. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, National Skills Commission trend data to May 2019 and projections to 2024.
    YearNumber of Workers
    200910100
    201012500
    201111300
    201210600
    20137900
    201410000
    201510300
    201611900
    201711000
    201811900
    201915300
    202418400

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services30.6
    Manufacturing27.8
    Retail Trade21.8
    Wholesale Trade9.6
    Other Industries10.2

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, 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
    NSW35.231.6
    VIC40.925.6
    QLD12.220.0
    SA4.07.0
    WA6.310.8
    TAS0.82.0
    NT0.21.0
    ACT0.51.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, 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
    15-190.3-5.05.0
    20-247.9-9.39.3
    25-3437.0-22.922.9
    35-4427.2-22.022.0
    45-5417.1-21.621.6
    55-595.3-9.09.0
    60-642.6-6.06.0
    65 and Over2.5-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationFashion, Industrial and Jewellery DesignersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate7.4-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree45.8-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma22.1-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV9.3-21.121.1
    Year 1211.5-18.118.1
    Year 111.5-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below2.5-12.512.5

    Either extensive experience or a formal qualification in in a related field is needed to work as a Fashion, Industrial or Jewellery Designer. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Fashion, Industrial and Jewellery Designers.

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

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Technical design

      86% Skill level

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

    2. Engineering and technology

      73% Skill level

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

    3. Mechanical

      68% Skill level

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

    4. Computers and electronics

      58% Skill level

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

    5. Production and processing

      58% Skill level

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

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Electronic mail

      100% Important

      Use electronic mail.

    2. Face-to-face discussions

      96% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    3. Telephone

      95% Important

      Talk on the telephone.

    4. Indoors, heat controlled

      91% Important

      Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

    5. Contact with people

      87% Important

      Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 27-1021.00 - Commercial and Industrial Designers.

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