Painters (Visual Arts) conceive and create visual art forms, such as pictures, abstract designs and similar compositions, to communicate impressions and ideas.

    You need a high level of artistic skill to work as a Painter (Visual Arts). Formal qualifications might be useful but aren't essential. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Painters (Visual Arts).

    Tasks

    • Conceives and develops ideas, designs and styles for paintings and drawings.
    • Arranges objects, positions models, and selects landscapes and other visual forms according to chosen subject matter.
    • Selects artistic media, method and materials.
    • Applies media to surfaces using appropriate techniques.

    All Visual Arts and Crafts Professionals

    • Unavailable Weekly Pay
    • Moderate Future Growth
    • Average unemployment Unemployment

    Painters (Visual Arts)

    • 2,100 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 45% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 46 hours Average full-time
    • 52 years Average age
    • 58% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Painters (Visual Arts) (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
    from 2,300 in 2011 to 2,100 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Painters (Visual Arts) work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Arts and Recreation Services; Construction; and Manufacturing.
    • Full-time: Around half work full-time (45%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 46 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 52 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (70%).
    • Gender: 58% 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)
    Arts and Recreation Services85.1
    Construction3.0
    Manufacturing2.6
    Retail Trade2.2
    Other Industries7.1

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StatePainters (Visual Arts)All Jobs Average
    NSW31.031.6
    VIC23.925.6
    QLD18.020.0
    SA7.77.0
    WA10.210.8
    TAS3.42.0
    NT4.21.0
    ACT1.61.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketPainters (Visual Arts)All Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.5-5.05.0
    20-242.3-9.39.3
    25-3411.0-22.922.9
    35-4416.6-22.022.0
    45-5426.3-21.621.6
    55-5913.5-9.09.0
    60-6411.5-6.06.0
    65 and Over18.2-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, 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 QualificationPainters (Visual Arts)All Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate11.1-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree30.0-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma18.7-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV9.4-21.121.1
    Year 1215.6-18.118.1
    Year 113.7-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below11.4-12.512.5

    You need a high level of artistic skill to work as a Painter (Visual Arts). Formal qualifications might be useful but aren't essential. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Painters (Visual Arts).

    Membership with The National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) may be useful.

    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.
    • You might be interested in Creative Arts and Culture VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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    Employers look for Visual Arts and Crafts Professionals who have strong interpersonal skills, can communicate well with diverse audiences and are reliable.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Fine Arts

      89% Skill level

      Compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

    2. Design

      68% Skill level

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

    3. Sales and Marketing

      56% Skill level

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

    4. Customer and Personal Service

      54% Skill level

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

    5. English Language

      49% Skill level

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

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    Demands

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

    1. Freedom to Make Decisions

      98% Important

      How much freedom do you have to make decision on your own?

    2. Structured versus Unstructured Work

      95% Important

      How much freedom do you have to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals?

    3. Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel

      94% Important

      How much time do you spend using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?

    4. Being Exact or Accurate

      81% Important

      How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

    5. Deal With External Customers

      80% Important

      How important is it to work with customers or the public?

    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, 27-1013.00 - Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators.

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