Fashion, Industrial and Jewellery Designers plan, design, develop and document products for manufacture and prepare designs and specifications of products for mass, batch and one-off production.

    Either extensive experience or a formal qualification in in a related field is needed to work as a Fashion, Industrial or Jewellery Designer. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Fashion, Industrial and Jewellery Designers.

    Tasks

    • determining the objectives and constraints of the design brief by consulting with clients and stakeholders
    • undertaking product research and analysing functional, commercial, cultural and aesthetic requirements
    • formulating design concepts for clothing, textiles, industrial, commercial and consumer products, and jewellery
    • preparing sketches, diagrams, illustrations, plans, samples and models to communicate design concepts
    • negotiating design solutions with clients, management, and sales and manufacturing staff
    • selecting, specifying and recommending functional and aesthetic materials, production methods and finishes for manufacture
    • detailing and documenting the selected design for production
    • preparing and commissioning prototypes and samples
    • supervising the preparation of patterns, programs and tooling, and the manufacture process

    More about Fashion, Industrial and Jewellery Designers

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    • Unavailable Weekly Pay
    • Stable Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 12,200 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 74% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 45 hours Average full-time
    • 36 years Average age
    • 62% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Fashion, Industrial and Jewellery Designers (in their main job) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to stay about the same over the next 5 years:
    from 12,200 in 2018 to 12,200 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 4,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 800 a year).

    • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Many Fashion, Industrial and Jewellery Designers work in Victoria.
    • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Manufacturing; and Retail Trade.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (74%, 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 36 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 62% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    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
    20088700
    20099900
    201012300
    201111100
    201210500
    20137900
    20149800
    20159700
    201611700
    201710400
    201812200
    202312200

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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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 Services30.6
    Manufacturing27.8
    Retail Trade21.8
    Wholesale Trade9.6
    Other Industries10.2

    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.
    StateFashion, Industrial and Jewellery DesignersAll Jobs Average
    NSW35.231.6
    VIC40.925.6
    QLD12.220.0
    SA4.07.0
    WA6.310.8
    TAS0.82.0
    NT0.21.0
    ACT0.51.9

    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 BracketFashion, Industrial and Jewellery DesignersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.3-5.05.0
    20-247.9-9.39.3
    25-3437.0-22.922.9
    35-4427.2-22.022.0
    45-5417.1-21.621.6
    55-595.3-9.09.0
    60-642.6-6.06.0
    65 and Over2.5-4.24.2

    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 QualificationFashion, Industrial and Jewellery DesignersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate7.4-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree45.8-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma22.1-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV9.3-21.121.1
    Year 1211.5-18.118.1
    Year 111.5-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below2.5-12.512.5

    Either extensive experience or a formal qualification in in a related field is needed to work as a Fashion, Industrial or Jewellery Designer. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Fashion, Industrial and Jewellery Designers.

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    Employers look for Fashion, Industrial and Jewellery Designers who are creative, can self-manage and are motivated.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Design

      86% Skill level

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

    2. Engineering and Technology

      73% Skill level

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

    3. Mechanical

      68% Skill level

      Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    4. Computers and Electronics

      58% Skill level

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

    5. Production and Processing

      58% Skill level

      Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

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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. Face-to-Face Discussions

      96% Important

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

    3. Telephone

      95% Important

      How often do you talk on the telephone?

    4. Indoors, Heat Controlled

      91% Important

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

    5. Contact With Others

      87% Important

      How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

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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, 27-1021.00 - Commercial and Industrial Designers.

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