JOBS THAT COME THROUGH WITH FLYING COLOURS
Colour and creativity are both large parts of fashion, industrial and jewellery design. A designer’s tasks can range from planning the items they will design through to choosing the right materials and, eventually, manufacturing the product. To find work within this career, a bachelor degree or at least five years’ experience is generally needed, government data shows. A Bachelor of Design typically requires three years of full-time study, and students can choose to specialise in a particular area, such as fashion. The current size of the fashion, industrial and jewellery design workforce is 12,000, with slightly more females (58.5 per cent) employed than males. Workers in this sector earn, on average, $70,400 a year.
A keen eye for detail and colour differentiation are key attributes when working in a painting trade. The tasks involved in the job include selecting and preparing paints and varnishes, considering colour and durability; preparing and repairing surfaces to be painted; and applying paints and varnishes on products such as walls or furniture. Certificate III and IV courses can be studied, such as a Certificate III in Painting and Decorating, which is typically completed alongside an apprenticeship. The current workforce size is about 45,000 painters, and most (96.3 per cent) of these are men. Federal Government data shows the average weekly salary is $1000, equal to about $52,000 a year.
These workers plan and organise events from parties, weddings and product launches through to conferences and conventions, and decorating the location with props or furniture may be involved. An associate degree, advanced diploma or diploma – or a minimum of three years of experience – is commonly required. A Diploma of Event Management can be completed through TAFE or another registered training organisation. There are no formal entry requirements, however, completing Year 12 is recommended. There are about 25,900 event coordinators in Australia, with females making up 75.9 per cent of these. The average weekly salary is $1164, or about $60,528 a year, Federal Government data shows.