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.

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

You usually need a formal qualification in interior design or architecture to work as an Interior Designer. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Interior Designers.

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

All Interior Designers

  • $1,155 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Average unemployment Unemployment
  • 14,000 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 69% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 45 hours Average full-time
  • 38 years Average age
  • 76% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Interior Designers (in their main job) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow strongly over the next 5 years:
from 14,000 in 2018 to 16,100 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 7,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 1,400 a year).

  • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2018.
  • Location: Interior Designers work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Construction; and Retail Trade.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,155 per week (below the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (69%, similar to 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 38 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 76% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
YearNumber of Workers
200810300
20097700
20108500
20116900
201211000
20139500
20147600
201510000
20169700
201713000
201814000
202316100.0

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. 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 Earnings11551460

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 Services64.4
Construction12.7
Retail Trade9.9
Manufacturing6.1
Other Industries6.9

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.
StateInterior DesignersAll Jobs Average
NSW37.431.6
VIC31.325.6
QLD14.820.0
SA5.47.0
WA8.510.8
TAS0.62.0
NT0.21.0
ACT1.81.9

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 BracketInterior DesignersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.2-5.05.0
20-248.0-9.39.3
25-3431.1-22.922.9
35-4427.1-22.022.0
45-5420.1-21.621.6
55-596.2-9.09.0
60-644.1-6.06.0
65 and Over3.2-4.24.2

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 QualificationInterior DesignersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate7.6-10.110.1
Bachelor degree44.6-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma27.4-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV7.5-21.121.1
Year 128.9-18.118.1
Year 111.5-4.84.8
Year 10 and below2.5-12.512.5

You usually need a formal qualification in interior design or architecture to work as an Interior Designer. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Interior Designers.

Thinking about study or training?

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

  • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
  • 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 Furnishing Industry VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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Useful links and resources


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

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Technical design

    83% Skill level

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

  2. Customer and personal service

    74% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  3. Building and construction

    66% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  4. English language

    62% Skill level

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

  5. Sales and marketing

    60% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

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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, 27-1025.00 - Interior Designers.

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. Telephone

    100% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  2. Face-to-face discussions

    97% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  3. Electronic mail

    96% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  4. Teamwork

    89% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  5. Being exact or accurate

    88% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and 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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