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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.

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