Architects and Landscape Architects design commercial, industrial, institutional, residential and recreational buildings and landscapes.

    You usually need a bachelor degree in architectural design or landscape architecture to work as an Architect or Landscape Architect. Many Architects and Landscape Architects complete postgraduate studies.

    Tasks

    • obtaining advice from clients and management to determine type, style and size of planned buildings and alterations to existing buildings
    • providing information regarding designs, materials and estimated building times
    • preparing project documentation, including sketches and scale drawings, and integrating structural, mechanical and aesthetic elements in final designs
    • writing specifications and contract documents for use by builders and calling tenders on behalf of clients
    • consulting with Professionals and clients about external area designs, costs and construction
    • compiling and analysing site and community data about geographical and ecological features, landforms, soils, vegetation, site hydrology, visual characteristics and human-made structures, to formulate land use and development recommendations, and for preparing environmental impact statements
    • preparing reports, site plans, working drawings, specifications and cost estimates for land development, showing location and details of proposals, including ground modelling, structures, vegetation and access
    • inspecting construction work in progress to ensure compliance with plans, specifications and quality standards

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    • $1,674 Weekly Pay
    • Moderate Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 22,300 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 81% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 45 hours Average full-time
    • 39 years Average age
    • 34% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Architects and Landscape Architects (in their main job) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow over the next 5 years:
    from 22,300 in 2018 to 23,900 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 9,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 1,800 a year).

    • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Architects and Landscape Architects work in many parts of Australia. Victoria has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Construction; and Public Administration and Safety.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,674 per week (higher than the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (81%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 45 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 39 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 34% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employers found it hard to fill vacancies for Architects in 2018. Find out more in the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business latest report on Architects.

    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
    200821500
    200917900
    201020200
    201124100
    201225200
    201319000
    201425200
    201526800
    201625800
    201721700
    201822300
    202323900

    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.
    EarningsArchitects and Landscape ArchitectsAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings16741460

    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 Services85.6
    Construction7.8
    Public Administration and Safety2.6
    Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services0.6
    Other Industries3.4

    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.
    StateArchitects and Landscape ArchitectsAll Jobs Average
    NSW35.731.6
    VIC31.625.6
    QLD15.220.0
    SA5.27.0
    WA8.910.8
    TAS1.52.0
    NT0.31.0
    ACT1.81.9

    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 BracketArchitects and Landscape ArchitectsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.2-5.05.0
    20-245.2-9.39.3
    25-3430.8-22.922.9
    35-4426.6-22.022.0
    45-5418.5-21.621.6
    55-597.0-9.09.0
    60-645.7-6.06.0
    65 and Over6.1-4.24.2

    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 QualificationArchitects and Landscape ArchitectsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate35.1-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree55.4-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma5.4-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV1.0-21.121.1
    Year 122.9-18.118.1
    Year 110.1-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below0.1-12.512.5

    You usually need a bachelor degree in architectural design or landscape architecture to work as an Architect or Landscape Architect. Many Architects and Landscape Architects complete postgraduate studies.

    Registration with the relevant state or territory board may be needed to work as an Architect or Landscape Architect.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • driver's licence

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    Employers look for Architects and Landscape Architects 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. Design

      90% Skill level

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

    2. Building and Construction

      82% Skill level

      Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

    3. Customer and Personal Service

      73% Skill level

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

    4. Engineering and Technology

      72% Skill level

      The use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

    5. Administration and Management

      68% Skill level

      Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

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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, 17-1011.00 - Architects, Except Landscape and Naval.

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    Demands

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

    1. Electronic Mail

      100% Important

      How often do you use electronic mail?

    2. Indoors, Heat Controlled

      99% Important

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

    3. Telephone

      98% Important

      How often do you talk on the telephone?

    4. Face-to-Face Discussions

      93% Important

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

    5. Being Exact or Accurate

      89% Important

      How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

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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, 17-1011.00 - Architects, Except Landscape and Naval.

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