Picture Framers work to assemble and cut out mouldings to create picture frames. They may frame photographs, paintings, needlework, and other artwork. No formal education is required.
- Starting salary: $36,000 P/A Senior salary: $55,000 P/A Average salary: $48,000 P/A Wages will vary according to your level of skill, experience and employer Employment level: 4,700 as of November 2012 (Projected employment levels in 2017 of 4,600)
Average weekly hours: Average weekly hours worked for a full time Picture Framer is 43 hours
Employment by region:
The top three regions for employment as a Picture Framer include:
- NSW: 32.0%
- VIC: 31.5%
- WA: 13.2%
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Employment for Picture Framers has declined by a rate of -27% over the past 5 years and is expected to remain relatively steady through 2017.
Total employment growth over the past 5 years for male and female, employed part-time and full-time has declined by -200
Gender (including full time and part time)
The percentage of males and females working full time and part time are:
- Male Full Time: 73.9%
- Male Part Time: 8.4%
- Female Full Time: 5.1%
- Female Part Time: 12.6%
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- Assemble the backs of frames (often cardboard) and uses staples, screw eyes, etc. to keep pictures in place
- Cuts glass and pictures using special tools to fit in frames
- Frames photographs in stock frames or custom-made frames
- May frame specialized paintings/portraits, etc. in museums, galleries, etc.
- May redecorate or repair old/broken frames
- Work with customers to discuss framing options/wishes
- Ability to do precise work
- Ability to handle a variety of tools such as staplers, power tools, saws, etc.
- An interest in photography/framing and an artistic ability
- Excellent customer service skills
- Good concentration/dexterity skills
- Math skills to calculate measurements and costs
- No formal education/training is required, but on-the-job training is often provided
Picture Framers often work in small shops in small teams. They may also be self-employed, or specialists may work in educational environments or art galleries. Their environments are typically well-lit, clean and comfortable. They may need to work with customers on a daily basis.
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