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Employment Outlook

Interior Designer

Interior Designers plan, design, and coordinate the construction of building interiors to create tailored, purposeful spaces well-suited to their intended users.


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Employment Levels

Around 10,800 people are currently employed as Interior Designers in Australia. This is set to increase slightly to 12,400 people by 2019, according to the Department of Employment.

Employment by State

33.4% of all Interior Designers are employed in NSW. The area with the lowest number of Interior Designers is TAS, with only 0.6%.

Gender Split

This is a very female dominated industry with 17.6% of Interior Designers being male and 82.4% female.

Age Brackets

The most popular age for people working as Interior Designers is 25-34 years old, with 37.1%. A small percentage (4%) of people get into this career path older, aged 60-64. There is also a number of people who enjoy a career as Interior Designers, with 6% aged 55-59.

Hours Worked

Interior Designers work an average of 45 hours a week which is 4.1 hours higher than the average for all occupations.

Education Level

The majority of Interior Designers have a Bachelor Degree qualification (53.4%) or are at a Certificate III/IV level (31.5%). 84.9% of people have a Cert III or higher, whilst 15.1% have a qualification which is Year 12 or lower.

Interior Designer Duties & Tasks

  • Meet with clients to discuss needs and objectives.
  • Advise clients on constraints such as function, budget, and architectural realities.
  • Draw up cost estimates.
  • Provide plans, sketches, proposals and cost estimates to clients.
  • Create design plans that will result in a functional and attractive outcome.
  • Use computer-aided design software to draw up blueprints.
  • Select and suggest fabrics, materials, embellishments.
  • Subcontract aspects such as installation.



*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.