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.

    You can work as a Multimedia Specialist or Web Developer without formal qualifications if you are able to demonstrate your technical competency to employers. There are also a wide range of vendor and industry certifications available that may substitute for formal qualifications and can be highly regarded by employers. However, most workers do hold a VET or university 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

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    • $1,596 Weekly Pay
    • Very strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 15,000 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 80% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 42 hours Average full-time
    • 33 years Average age
    • 17% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Multimedia Specialists and Web Developers (in their main job) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow very strongly over the next 5 years:
    from 15,000 in 2018 to 18,000 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 10,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 2,000 a year).

    • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Multimedia Specialists and Web Developers work in many parts of Australia. Victoria has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Information Media and Telecommunications; and Education and Training.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,596 per week (similar to the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (80%, higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 33 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 17% 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
    20089400
    20099700
    201010000
    20119100
    20128300
    201311700
    201410100
    201510600
    201611800
    201710000
    201815000
    202318000

    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.
    EarningsMultimedia Specialists and Web DevelopersAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings15961460

    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 Services62.5
    Information Media and Telecommunications7.9
    Education and Training6.4
    Financial and Insurance Services4.3
    Other Industries18.9

    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.
    StateMultimedia Specialists and Web DevelopersAll Jobs Average
    NSW34.431.6
    VIC32.725.6
    QLD17.320.0
    SA4.87.0
    WA6.310.8
    TAS1.22.0
    NT0.31.0
    ACT3.01.9

    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 BracketMultimedia Specialists and Web DevelopersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-191.1-5.05.0
    20-249.4-9.39.3
    25-3447.2-22.922.9
    35-4429.0-22.022.0
    45-549.3-21.621.6
    55-592.3-9.09.0
    60-641.0-6.06.0
    65 and Over0.6-4.24.2

    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 QualificationMultimedia Specialists and Web DevelopersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate18.7-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree47.8-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma13.0-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV5.4-21.121.1
    Year 1212.8-18.118.1
    Year 111.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below1.4-12.512.5

    You can work as a Multimedia Specialist or Web Developer without formal qualifications if you are able to demonstrate your technical competency to employers. There are also a wide range of vendor and industry certifications available that may substitute for formal qualifications and can be highly regarded by employers. However, most workers do hold a VET or university qualification.

    Membership with the Australian Computer Society may be useful.

    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 Printing & Graphic Arts and Information and Communications Technology VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

    Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

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

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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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    Demands

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

    1. Indoors, Heat Controlled

      97% Important

      How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

    2. Electronic Mail

      96% Important

      How often do you use electronic mail?

    3. Spend Time Sitting

      96% Important

      How much time do you spend sitting?

    4. Telephone

      88% Important

      How often do you talk on the telephone?

    5. Being Exact or Accurate

      87% Important

      How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

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