Printing and Graphic Arts

The Printing and Graphic Arts industry provides information and communication for the consumer and businesses through books, magazines, newspapers, advertising materials, packaging and labelling. This sector has a number of specialisations which include, desktop publishing, digital printing, graphic pre-press, multimedia, print finishing, print production support, printing and screen printing.

What does this industry cover?

The technological changes to this sector are the shift from offset to digital printing and commercial inkjet printing, on-demand printing of books and the growth of 3D printing.

There has been a decline in some print media such as newspapers and magazines but this has led to a growth in printed consumer advertising, packaging, food labelling, printing for publishing, general business products and events.

Job hunting preparation

Top priority skills: managing skills, work health and safety, customer service, teamwork, communication skills, critical and creative problem solving and technical skills.

Some organisations employ individuals who have printing and/or graphic arts skills which could mean that you could be working across multi-disciplinary roles in a range of industries.


Information for further research

Industry information is published by peak level associations, government and major employers.  Accessing industry association sites, including member lists, is a good way of building up an understanding of an industry.  Visiting employer websites and looking for careers or employment menus helps identify how employers recruit and the skills they are recruiting.

Employment and wage data for this industry

Apprenticeships Employment Size

This is a small industry for Australian Apprenticeship commencements. In the year to September 2021, commencements were: 354

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 29/03/2022AATIS analysis.

Commencements Change

Commencements in the year to September 2021 in this industry have increased, compared with the previous year.

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 29/03/2022AATIS analysis.

Apprentice Employment Outcomes

For Australian Apprentice graduates from this industry, employment outcomes are high.

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2020, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Industry Employment Size

This is a medium sized industry compared with other Australian industries.

Source: National Skills Commission, 2022. AATIS analysis.

Industry Employment Change

In the next 5 years, change in employment in this industry is predicted to increase.

Source: National Skills Commission, 2022. AATIS analysis.

Industry Wage

The average wage of all employees in this industry is high.

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2022. AATIS analysis.

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