Graphic Designers plan, design, develop and prepare information for publication and reproduction using text, symbols, pictures, colours and layout to achieve commercial and communication needs with particular emphasis on tailoring the message for the intended audience.

Specialisations: Exhibition Designer, Film and Video Graphics Designer, Publication Designer.

You usually need a bachelor degree in graphic design to work as a Graphic Designer. Training is also available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

Tasks

  • Determines the objectives and constraints of the design brief by consulting with clients and stakeholders.
  • Undertakes research and analyses functional communication requirements.
  • Formulates design concepts for the subject to be communicated.
  • Prepares sketches, diagrams, illustrations and layouts to communicate design concepts.
  • Negotiates design solutions with clients, management, sales and production staff.
  • Selects, specifies or recommends functional and aesthetic materials and media for publication, delivery or display.
  • Details and documents the selected design for production.
  • Supervises or carries out production in the chosen media.
  • May archive information for future client use.

All Graphic and Web Designers, and Illustrators

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

Graphic Designers

  • 26,100 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 68% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 35 years Average age
  • 55% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Graphic Designers (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from 25,500 in 2011 to 26,100 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a large occupation.
  • Location: Graphic Designers work in many parts of Australia. New South Wales and Victoria have a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Manufacturing; and Information Media and Telecommunications.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (68%, similar to the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 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: 55% 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 Services53.1
Manufacturing12.6
Information Media and Telecommunications7.9
Retail Trade5.0
Other Industries21.4

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.
StateGraphic DesignersAll Jobs Average
NSW37.531.6
VIC31.225.6
QLD15.720.0
SA5.47.0
WA6.910.8
TAS1.32.0
NT0.31.0
ACT1.71.9

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 BracketGraphic DesignersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.7-5.05.0
20-249.6-9.39.3
25-3437.6-22.922.9
35-4430.2-22.022.0
45-5415.4-21.621.6
55-593.5-9.09.0
60-641.8-6.06.0
65 and Over1.2-4.24.2

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 QualificationGraphic DesignersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate6.0-10.110.1
Bachelor degree45.7-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma26.9-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV9.2-21.121.1
Year 129.3-18.118.1
Year 111.1-4.84.8
Year 10 and below1.8-12.512.5

You usually need a bachelor degree in graphic design to work as a Graphic Designer. Training is also available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

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 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. Design

    73% Skill level

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

  2. Communications and Media

    70% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  3. Fine Arts

    70% Skill level

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

  4. Computers and Electronics

    69% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  5. English Language

    69% Skill level

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

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  1. Electronic Mail

    100% Important

    How often do you use electronic mail?

  2. Spend Time Sitting

    98% Important

    How much time do you spend sitting?

  3. Face-to-Face Discussions

    92% Important

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

  4. Telephone

    92% Important

    How often do you talk on the telephone?

  5. Time Pressure

    91% Important

    How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?

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