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Industry opportunities in the design industry

The Design industry contributes $26.1 billion to the national economy and employs over 218,000 people.

What to expect from a career in this industry

The design industry is an exciting and rewarding field where you get to use your skills and lateral thinking to create effective solutions to problems.

While many people often think of design as being specialised – such as graphic or architectural design – the truth is that design is a skill that’s used in a range of capacities across all industries. Career outcomes in the design industry span from computer system design (i.e. systems analyst or web designer) through to engineering design (i.e. draftsperson or spatial science technician). Specialised career outcomes in this field include furniture designer, multimedia designer, or signwriter. 

Some of the benefits of being skilled in this industry include:

  • Exciting, dynamic industries
  • Transferable skills across industries e.g. ‘design thinking’ is a highly valued skill
  • A broad range of career choices
  • Designers for commercial outcomes earn large salaries
  • High level of job satisfaction.

There are many pathways to becoming skilled in this diverse sector. For example, you might consider studying a Certificate III in Signs and Graphics which can be taken alongside a traineeship in this field.

Design industry apprenticeships and traineeships

Get practical experience and a nationally-recognised certification to launch your career in the design industry with Mas. Mas helps job seekers who are looking to reskill or upskill to find the jobs and careers they want.

Whether you’re an employer or job seeker, Mas provides guidance, support and transparency throughout the learning, job seeking and placement phases of your training.