Web Designers plan, design, develop and prepare information for Internet publication with particular emphasis on the user interface, ease of navigation and location of information using text, pictures, animation, sound, colours, layout and data sources to deliver information tailored to an intended audience and purpose.

    Either extensive experience or a bachelor degree in digital design is needed to work as a Web Designer. Training is also available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

    Tasks

    • Determines the objectives and constraints of the design brief by consulting with clients and stakeholders.
    • Undertakes research and analyses functional communication requirements.
    • Formulates design concepts for the subject to be communicated.
    • Negotiates design solutions with clients, management, sales and production staff.
    • Details and documents the selected design for production.
    • Supervises or carries out production in the chosen media.
    • May archive information for future client use.

    All Graphic and Web Designers, and Illustrators

    • $1,346 Weekly Pay
    • Strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Web Designers

    • 4,900 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 70% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 43 hours Average full-time
    • 34 years Average age
    • 38% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Web Designers (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 5,000 in 2011 to 4,900 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Web Designers work in many parts of Australia. New South Wales and Victoria have a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Information Media and Telecommunications; and Education and Training.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (70%, similar to the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 34 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 38% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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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 Services66.4
    Information Media and Telecommunications5.9
    Education and Training4.3
    Retail Trade4.1
    Other Industries19.3

    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.
    StateWeb DesignersAll Jobs Average
    NSW37.631.6
    VIC31.225.6
    QLD15.820.0
    SA4.47.0
    WA7.310.8
    TAS1.32.0
    NT0.31.0
    ACT2.01.9

    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 BracketWeb DesignersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-191.5-5.05.0
    20-248.8-9.39.3
    25-3440.9-22.922.9
    35-4429.7-22.022.0
    45-5412.8-21.621.6
    55-593.2-9.09.0
    60-641.7-6.06.0
    65 and Over1.3-4.24.2

    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 QualificationWeb DesignersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate12.0-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree43.9-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma18.0-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV8.3-21.121.1
    Year 1213.6-18.118.1
    Year 111.4-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below2.8-12.512.5

    Either extensive experience or a bachelor degree in digital design is needed to work as a Web Designer. Training is also available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

    Thinking about study or training?

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

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    • 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.
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    Employers look for Graphic and Web Designers, and Illustrators who have good interpersonal skills, work well in a team and are creative and innovative. Employers also value computer literacy.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Computers and electronics

      81% Skill level

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

    2. English language

      64% Skill level

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

    3. Education and training

      58% Skill level

      Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

    4. Mathematics

      57% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    5. Clerical

      56% Skill level

      Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

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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, 15-1134.00 - Web Developers.

    Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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    Demands

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

    1. Indoors, heat controlled

      97% Important

      Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

    2. Electronic mail

      96% Important

      Use electronic mail.

    3. Spend time sitting

      96% Important

      Spend time sitting at work.

    4. Telephone

      88% Important

      Talk on the telephone.

    5. Being exact or accurate

      87% Important

      Be very exact or highly accurate.

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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, 15-1134.00 - Web Developers.

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