Illustrators (including Animators) plan, design, develop, and prepare pictures and diagrams to communicate messages, clarify meaning, assist in presentations and illustrate stories, using traditional and digital media such as drawing, painting, drafting, collage, models, photography, and image capture and manipulation software.

Specialisations: Animator, Cartoonist, Technical Illustrator.

You usually need a bachelor degree in graphic design or arts to work as an Illustrator (including Animator). Training is also available through VET (Vocational Education and Training). Putting together a portfolio might help you showcase the skills you need to work as an Illustrator.

Tasks

  • Formulates design concepts for the subject to be communicated.
  • Prepares sketches, diagrams, illustrations and layouts to communicate design concepts.

More about Graphic and Web Designers, and Illustrators

All Graphic and Web Designers, and Illustrators

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

Illustrators (including Animators)

  • 2,100 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 72% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 35 years Average age
  • 30% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Illustrators (including Animators) (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
from 1,800 in 2011 to 2,100 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Many Illustrators (including Animators) work in Victoria.
  • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Arts and Recreation Services; and Information Media and Telecommunications.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (72%, higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 44 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 35 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 30% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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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 Services32.3
Arts and Recreation Services28.7
Information Media and Telecommunications24.3
Manufacturing4.9
Other Industries9.8

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.
StateIllustrators (including Animators)All Jobs Average
NSW35.531.6
VIC34.625.6
QLD15.720.0
SA6.07.0
WA5.010.8
TAS1.42.0
NT0.21.0
ACT1.41.9

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 BracketIllustrators (including Animators)All Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.1-5.05.0
20-2410.3-9.39.3
25-3437.4-22.922.9
35-4429.0-22.022.0
45-5413.2-21.621.6
55-594.1-9.09.0
60-642.9-6.06.0
65 and Over2.0-4.24.2

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 QualificationIllustrators (including Animators)All Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate10.5-10.110.1
Bachelor degree48.6-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma21.7-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV4.7-21.121.1
Year 1211.3-18.118.1
Year 111.3-4.84.8
Year 10 and below1.8-12.512.5

You usually need a bachelor degree in graphic design or arts to work as an Illustrator (including Animator). Training is also available through VET (Vocational Education and Training). Putting together a portfolio might help you showcase the skills you need to work as an Illustrator.

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

    89% Skill level

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

  2. Technical 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.

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

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. Freedom to make decisions

    98% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  2. Unstructured work

    95% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  3. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    94% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  4. Being exact or accurate

    81% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  5. Contact with the public

    80% Important

    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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