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Employment Outlook

Senior Patternmaker

Senior Patternmakers are in charge of taking a drawing from a designer and turning into a pattern for production. Patternmakers create templates or models that are used to produce copies of various garments and products. 


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Employment Levels

Around 9,500 people are currently employed as Senior Patternmakers in Australia. This is set to increase slightly to 10,600 people by 2019, according to the Department of Employment.

Employment by State

41.5% of all Senior Patternmakers are employed in NSW. The area with the lowest number of Senior Patternmakers is NT, with only 0%.

Gender Split

This is a very female dominated industry with 39.6% of Senior Patternmakers being male and 60.4% female.

Age Brackets

The most popular age for people working as Senior Patternmakers is 25-34 years old, with 28%. A small percentage (2.3%) of people get into this career path older, aged 65 and over. There is also a number of people who enjoy a career as Senior Patternmakers, with 12.8% aged 45-54.

Hours Worked

Senior Patternmakers work an average of 42.5 hours a week which is 1.6 hours higher than the average for all occupations.

Education Level

The majority of Senior Patternmakers have a Bachelor Degree qualification (35.8%) or are at a Advanced Diploma/Diploma level (31.6%). 79% of people have a Cert III or higher, whilst 21% have a qualification which is Year 12 or lower.

Senior Patternmaker Duties & Tasks

  • Understand how fabrics perform under many conditions and be able to advise on the best material suitable for a task.
  • Create patterns from sketches or art made by designers.
  • Know the needs of factories and tailors and adjust the pattern accordingly.
  • Interpret a design's concept and translate it into real-world measurements.
  • Draw free-hand and be able to use computer software.
  • Establish sizes and fits for garments.
  • Prepare technical packs for factories.
  • Organise quotes for materials and participate in selection process.



*The information provided on this page is from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website. All salary ranges are from Payscale. Where jobs are not exact matches, job areas have been used. This information is to be used as a guide only.