Jewellery Designers conceptualise and design prototypes and details for the manufacture of jewellery, watches, spectacles, homewares, trophies and silverware, using metals, precious stones, plastics, engraving, casting and fabrication, to develop designs for mass or batch production or one-off commissions.

    Either extensive experience or a formal qualification in jewellery manufacture, design, fine or visual arts is needed to work as a Jewellery Designer. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Jewellery Designers.

    Tasks

    • Determines the objectives and constraints of the design brief by consulting with clients and stakeholders.
    • Undertakes product research and analyses functional, commercial, cultural and aesthetic requirements.
    • Formulates design concepts for jewellery.
    • Prepares sketches, diagrams, illustrations, plans, samples and models to communicate design concepts.
    • Negotiates design solutions with clients, management, sales and manufacturing staff.
    • Selects, specifies and recommends functional and aesthetic materials, production methods and finishes for manufacture.
    • Details and documents the selected design for production.
    • Prepares and commissions prototypes and samples.
    • Supervises the preparation of patterns, programmes and tooling, and the manufacture process.

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    • Stable Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Jewellery Designers

    • 590 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 55% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 46 hours Average full-time
    • 41 years Average age
    • 80% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Jewellery Designers (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 510 in 2011 to 590 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Jewellery Designers work in many parts of Australia. New South Wales has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Retail Trade; and Manufacturing.
    • Full-time: Around half work full-time (55%, 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 41 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 80% 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 Services48.6
    Retail Trade26.4
    Manufacturing20.1
    Wholesale Trade4.3
    Other Industries0.6

    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.
    StateJewellery DesignersAll Jobs Average
    NSW39.531.6
    VIC24.825.6
    QLD17.720.0
    SA4.97.0
    WA9.910.8
    TAS2.22.0
    NT0.01.0
    ACT1.01.9

    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 BracketJewellery DesignersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-243.6-9.39.3
    25-3427.6-22.922.9
    35-4430.2-22.022.0
    45-5423.3-21.621.6
    55-596.6-9.09.0
    60-643.8-6.06.0
    65 and Over4.8-4.24.2

    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 QualificationJewellery DesignersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate8.8-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree37.2-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma20.0-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV13.4-21.121.1
    Year 1213.1-18.118.1
    Year 111.3-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below6.1-12.512.5

    Either extensive experience or a formal qualification in jewellery manufacture, design, fine or visual arts is needed to work as a Jewellery Designer. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for 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. Customer and Personal Service

      61% Skill level

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

    2. Production and Processing

      54% Skill level

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

    3. Design

      53% Skill level

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

    4. Sales and Marketing

      53% Skill level

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

    5. Mechanical

      51% Skill level

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

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

      97% Important

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

    2. Indoors, Heat Controlled

      96% Important

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

    3. Being Exact or Accurate

      92% Important

      How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

    4. Face-to-Face Discussions

      92% Important

      How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

    5. Telephone

      92% Important

      How often do you talk on the telephone?

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