How to become a Picture Framer

Picture framers make frames of all types and sizes and mount and display decorative items such as paintings, prints, etchings, tapestries and photographs.

Personal requirements of a Picture Framer

  • enjoy practical and manual activities
  • good interpersonal skills
  • interested in the history and value of artwork
  • aptitude for design
  • appreciation of changing trends in colours and materials
  • able to work neatly and accurately
  • good hand-eye coordination.

Duties & Tasks of a Picture Framer

Picture framers: • talk to customers about the style, size, materials and cost of their framing requirements • help customers to understand the colours, design and layout of frames • assess the value and physical condition of artwork to decide the level of framing required • order the materials needed and maintain accounts • cut frame pieces to size and prepare joints for corners • join the frame with nails, glue or dowels and sand lightly • mould and glue ornamental parts into the frame if required • varnish, stain or paint the frame • mount backing materials and the item for framing • cut glass to size • fit items to ready-made frames • refer to specialists such as conservators to assess the physical condition of artwork • assist in the preservation of historic artwork.

Working conditions for a Picture Framer

Picture framers use a variety of tools, including power tools, saws and pneumatic staplers and nailers. Specialist framers use the crafts of wood machining, wood finishing, French-polishing, cabinet making, woodcarving and gilding.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:


Employment by state:

ACT ACT 1.4%

NSW NSW 43.4%

NT NT 0%

QLD QLD 10.2%

SA SA 13%

TAS TAS 4.7%

VIC VIC 25.5%

WA WA 1.9%

Hours worked:



Average unemployment

Gender split:

Male 78%

Female 22%

Education level:

Age brackets:

15-19 - 4.3%

20-24 - 5.5%

25-34 - 11.2%

35-44 - 16.5%

45-54 - 34.9%

55-59 - 10.1%

60-64 - 9%

65 and Over - 8.6%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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