Interior Decorators plan the interior design of commercial or residential premises and arrange for decorating work to be done.

    You can work as an Interior Decorator without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Interior Decorators.

    Tasks

    • Discusses design ideas and provides advice to clients.
    • Analyses clients' requirements.
    • Plans and designs whole building interiors, rooms, shops, residential and leisure spaces.
    • Plans interior infrastructure such as lighting, air-conditioning and communication cabling.
    • Prepares drawings, samples and decorating instructions.
    • Makes any necessary changes to the designs or drawings.
    • Advises on hiring trades people.
    • Designs furniture or fittings.
    • Works with architects and other contractors at the early stages of designing an interior space.
    • Keep up to date with trends and legal requirements in interior design.
    • May be involved with project management.
    • May run their own business.

    All Other Technicians and Trades Workers

    • $1,146 Weekly Pay
    • Very strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Interior Decorators

    • 1,600 workers Employment Size
    • High skill Skill level rating
    • 46% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 44 hours Average full-time
    • 43 years Average age
    • 91% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Interior Decorators (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
    from 1,300 in 2011 to 1,600 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Many Interior Decorators work in New South Wales and Victoria.
    • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Construction; and Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services.
    • Full-time: Around half work full-time (46%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 44 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 43 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 91% 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 Services38.5
    Construction28.6
    Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services14.6
    Retail Trade11.5
    Other Industries6.8

    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.
    StateInterior DecoratorsAll Jobs Average
    NSW36.731.6
    VIC31.725.6
    QLD16.120.0
    SA6.37.0
    WA7.110.8
    TAS0.82.0
    NT0.21.0
    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 BracketInterior DecoratorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.6-5.05.0
    20-245.1-9.39.3
    25-3422.8-22.922.9
    35-4425.0-22.022.0
    45-5425.6-21.621.6
    55-599.7-9.09.0
    60-644.8-6.06.0
    65 and Over6.5-4.24.2

    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 QualificationInterior DecoratorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate2.2-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree23.1-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma30.8-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV10.3-21.121.1
    Year 1219.6-18.118.1
    Year 116.1-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below7.9-12.512.5

    You can work as an Interior Decorator without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Interior Decorators.

    Membership with Design Institute of Australia 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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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. 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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    1. Telephone

      100% Important

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    2. Face-to-Face Discussions

      97% Important

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

    3. Electronic Mail

      96% Important

      How often do you use electronic mail?

    4. Work With Work Group or Team

      89% Important

      How important is it to work with others in a group or team?

    5. Being Exact or Accurate

      88% Important

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