You’ve got a creative mind and you see the world differently. Turn that talent into an exciting new career by studying a design course.
As a designer, you’ll be responsible for designing visual communications materials, including producing graphics, illustrations, animations and videos. You may work in-house for a creative agency or other business, or work freelance as an independent designer, which will affect the nature and scope of your day-to-day responsibilities.
As a designer, you can expect to perform tasks like:
You may also be responsible for managing accounts and invoicing, marketing your services and seeking new clients, and connecting clients with other creative professionals, such as photographers and copywriters, depending on the nature of your work.
Roles you may choose to pursue after completing your course include:
You’ll enjoy working in design if you:
The Australian Government’s Job Outlook reports that the design industry in Australia is large and growing. Currently employing approximately 46,500 people, the industry is expected to grow strongly until at least 2020, where it will employ approximately 53,300 people. While the industry has contracted slightly over the last few years, it is expected to grow strongly over the next decade.
While the size of the profession indicates roles are available in most areas of Australia, Job Outlook notes that the sector is concentrated in New South Wales, with approximately 45 per cent of all designers working in the state.
PayScale reports that designers can expect to earn a salary between $39,000 and $68,000 per year, with an average industry salary of approximately $51,000 per year. While a positive relationship exists between experience and earning capacity, PayScale notes that entry-level designers can still earn a competitive average salary of approximately $47,000 per year.
PayScale notes that over 80 per cent of designers have less than 10 years of work experience, indicating that people move from this profession as their careers progress. After gaining experience as a designer, you may choose to work in a more senior role as an art director, creative director or as a senior graphic designer.