Strong job growth forecast for web designers
- 03 Jun 16
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At SAE, we’re all about delivering courses that respond to industry demand, and the great news is that research is telling us we’re right on track!
The Australian Government’s Job Outlook report predicts strong job growth for web designers through to 2019. An already booming sector, the demand for these professionals has grown 55 per cent over the last ten years.
Although the size of this growing workforce suggests opportunities should be available in most regions, 69 per cent of Australia’s web designers are employed in New South Wales or Victoria.
Here are a few more interesting stats. A relatively young workforce, 52 per cent of web designers in Australia are under 34 years and 83 per cent are under 44 years, compared with the national average of 41 and 63 per cent respectively.
The Job Outlook reports that to progress in this expanding sector, aspiring web designers are likely to require a bachelor’s degree. In fact, 55 per cent of Australian web designers currently hold higher levels of educational attainment than the Australian workforce average of 30 per cent, and the most common qualification for graphic and web designers and illustrators is a bachelor degree (41.2 per cent).
Although not expecting the same level of projected growth as web designers, moderate employment growth is forecasted for multimedia specialists and web developers. The growth in these occupations surged by 95 per cent in the last 10 years but research suggests opportunities may be limited in some regions.
The good news is that, compared with all occupations, multimedia specialists and web developers operate in a niche environment and earn a higher than average weekly income of $1,270 compared to $1,152. They also have a high proportion of full-time jobs, reported at 85 percent. Unemployment for multimedia specialists and web developers is below average.
The research has identified a major gender imbalance that SAE hopes to help redress. Web design is very much a male-dominated industry, with males making up 80 percent of multimedia specialists and web developers in Australia.
And when your students are enquiring about job prospects for graphic and web designers, you can tell them the possibilities are diverse – with research pointing to demand in professional, scientific and technical services, manufacturing and information media, and telecommunications.
- 03 Jun 16
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