Graphic and Web Designers, and Illustrators design information for visual and audio communication, publication and display using print, film, electronic, digital and other forms of visual and audio media.

    Either extensive experience or a bachelor degree in design is needed to work as a Graphic or Web Designer, or Illustrator. Training is also available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

    Tasks

    • determining the objectives and constraints of the design brief by consulting with clients and stakeholders
    • undertaking research and analysing functional communication requirements
    • formulating design concepts for the subject to be communicated
    • preparing sketches, diagrams, illustrations and layouts to communicate design concepts
    • negotiating design solutions with clients, management, sales and production staff
    • selecting, specifying or recommending functional and aesthetic materials and media for publication, delivery or display
    • detailing and documenting the selected design for production
    • supervising or carrying out production in the chosen media
    • may archive information for future client use

    More about Graphic and Web Designers, and Illustrators

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    All Graphic and Web Designers, and Illustrators

    • $1,346 Weekly Pay
    • Strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 59,500 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 70% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 43 hours Average full-time
    • 35 years Average age
    • 51% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Graphic and Web Designers, and Illustrators (in their main job) grew strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow strongly over the next 5 years:
    from 59,500 in 2018 to 67,000 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 27,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 5,400 a year).

    • Size: This is a very large occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Graphic and Web Designers, and Illustrators 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.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,346 per week (similar to the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (70%, similar to the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 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: 51% 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
    200842800
    200945100
    201043500
    201156500
    201251700
    201354200
    201450200
    201549800
    201651900
    201761000
    201859500
    202367000

    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.
    EarningsGraphic and Web Designers, and IllustratorsAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings13461460

    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 Services51.8
    Manufacturing9.9
    Information Media and Telecommunications9.5
    Arts and Recreation Services4.5
    Other Industries24.3

    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 and Web Designers, and IllustratorsAll Jobs Average
    NSW37.631.6
    VIC31.425.6
    QLD15.820.0
    SA5.27.0
    WA6.710.8
    TAS1.22.0
    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 BracketGraphic and Web Designers, and IllustratorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.9-5.05.0
    20-249.4-9.39.3
    25-3438.1-22.922.9
    35-4430.0-22.022.0
    45-5415.0-21.621.6
    55-593.5-9.09.0
    60-641.9-6.06.0
    65 and Over1.3-4.24.2

    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 and Web Designers, and IllustratorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate8.2-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree45.8-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma24.3-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV8.6-21.121.1
    Year 1210.0-18.118.1
    Year 111.2-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below1.9-12.512.5

    Either extensive experience or a bachelor degree in design is needed to work as a Graphic or Web Designer, or Illustrator. 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.

    • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
    • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
    • 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.

    Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

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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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    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. 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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