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

A Bachelor Degree or higher is required and the vast majority of workers have a university degree. Sometimes relevant experience or on-the-job training is also needed. Registration or licensing may be required, depending on the state or territory you live in.

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

Job Titles

  • Architect
  • Landscape Architect
  • Architect

    Plans and designs buildings, provides concepts, plans, specifications and detailed drawings, negotiates with builders and advises on the procurement of buildings. Registration or licensing is required.

    Specialisations: Conservation or Heritage Architect

  • Landscape Architect

    Plans and designs land areas for projects such as open space networks, parks, schools, institutions, roads, external areas for all building types, land subdivisions, and commercial, industrial and residential sites.

Fast Facts

  • $1,259 Weekly Pay
  • 22,300 workers Employment Size
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • Average unemployment Unemployment
  • 84.7% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 40.6 hours Average full-time
  • 40 years Average age
  • 26.6% female Gender Share

The number of Architects and Landscape Architects 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 average in 2017.
  • Location: Architects and Landscape Architects work in many regions of Australia. Many work in New South Wales.
  • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Construction; and Public Administration and Safety.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers earn around $1,259 per week (similar to the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (84.7%, much higher than the all jobs average of 68.4%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 40.6 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 40 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 26.6% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

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 Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. 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 Earnings12591230

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services83.0
Construction8.7
Public Administration and Safety5.4
Retail Trade1.4
Other Industries1.5

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: 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
NSW44.431.6
VIC26.326.2
QLD13.519.7
SA2.46.7
WA8.710.8
TAS1.92.0
NT0.41.1
ACT2.41.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketArchitects and Landscape ArchitectsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.2-5.25.2
20-246.3-9.99.9
25-3428.8-23.623.6
35-4424.3-21.721.7
45-5419.1-20.820.8
55-597.4-8.88.8
60-646.7-6.06.0
65 and Over6.2-4.04.0

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, Education and Work (2016). Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Skill level requirements can change over time, the 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 Certificate24.7-8.68.6
Bachelor degree68.9-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma6.4-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV0-18.918.9
Year 120-18.718.7
Years 11 & 100-17.717.7
Below Year 100-8.18.1

A Bachelor Degree or higher is required and the vast majority of workers have a university degree. Sometimes relevant experience or on-the-job training is also needed. Registration or licensing may be required, depending on the state or territory you live in.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
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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.

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Design

    94% Important

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

  2. Building and Construction

    91% Important

    Materials, methods, and the tools used to construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

  3. Customer and Personal Service

    80% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  4. English Language

    79% Important

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

  5. Administration and Management

    76% Important

    Planning and coordination of people and resources.

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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.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Thinking Creatively

    93% Important

    Using your own ideas to developing, designing, or creating something new.

  2. Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment

    92% Important

    Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.

  3. Making Decisions and Solving Problems

    90% Important

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  4. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

    88% Important

    Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

  5. Checking Compliance with Standards

    87% Important

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

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O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The 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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