Interior Decorators plan the interior design of commercial or residential premises and arrange for decorating work to be done.
Discusses design ideas and provides advice to clients.
Analyses clients' requirements.
Plans and designs whole building interiors, rooms, shops, residential and leisure spaces.
Plans interior infrastructure such as lighting, air-conditioning and communication cabling.
Prepares drawings, samples and decorating instructions.
Makes any necessary changes to the designs or drawings.
Advises on hiring trades people.
Designs furniture or fittings.
Works with architects and other contractors at the early stages of designing an interior space.
Keep up to date with trends and legal requirements in interior design.
May be involved with project management.
May run their own business.
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Informal or on-the-job
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Earnings and hours
Around 46% of people employed as Interior Decorators work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 20 percentage points below the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 44 hours per week in their main job. This is the same as the all jobs average.
Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Interior Decorators||All Jobs Average|
Around 77% of Interior Decorators live in capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 62%.
Victoria and New South Wales have a large share of employment relative to their population size.
The regions with the largest share of workers are:
- Melbourne - Inner
- Sydney - Eastern Suburbs
- Melbourne - Inner South
- Sydney - Northern Beaches
- Sydney - North Sydney and Hornsby.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Interior Decorators is 43 years. This is higher than the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 45 to 54 years.
Females make up 91% of the workforce. This is 43 percentage points above the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Interior Decorators||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||6.5||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
Formal qualifications are not essential to work as an Interior Decorator. Although some workers have a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification or a university degree in interior design and decorating.
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Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Interior Decorators||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||2.2||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||7.9||12.5|
Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Skills and Knowledge
Employers look for Other Technicians and Trades Workers who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Talking to others.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
54%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
Reading work related information.
Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.
Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.
Looking for ways to help people.
48%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
48%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
43%Management of personnel resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.
Using maths to solve problems.
Teaching people how to do something.
37%Management of material resources
Providing the right equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do work.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
74%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
66%Building and construction
Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
60%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
Compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
58%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
54%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
50%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
47%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
46%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
46%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
44%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
44%History and archeology
Events of the past, their causes, how we learn about them, and how they influence the way we live today.
43%Sociology and anthropology
Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
40%Economics and accounting
Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.
35%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.
Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Communicate by speaking.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.
Write in a way that people can understand.
Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.
Read and understand written information.
52%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
See details that are far away.
43%Flexibility of closure
See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.
79%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
74%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
74%Communicating with the public
Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.
72%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
72%Coordinating the work of a team
Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.
70%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
70%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
70%Drafting, laying out, and specifying parts
Detailing and describing how devices, parts or equipment are to be made, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.
Convincing people to buy something or to change their minds or actions.
68%Scheduling work and activities
Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
67%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
65%Working with the public
Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.
63%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
60%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
59%Assessing and evaluating things
Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.
59%Leading and encouraging a team
Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
57%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
51%Estimating amounts, costs and resources
Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.
47%Working with computers
Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
Interests and demands
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Talk on the telephone.
Talk with people face-to-face.
Use electronic mail.
Work with people in a group or team.
88%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
88%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
87%Letters and memos
Write letters and memos.
85%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
84%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.
Work to strict deadlines.
80%Lead or coordinate a team
Lead others to do work activities.
79%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
78%Contact with the public
Work with customers or the public.
78%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
75%Responsible for outcomes
Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.
73%Spend time sitting
Spend time sitting at work.
Deal with conflict or disagreements.
63%Health and safety of others
Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.
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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 27-1025.00 - Interior Designers.