How to become a Signmaker

Signmakers design, paint, manufacture and install signs for displays, buildings, shopping complexes, signboards, boats, vehicles and structures.

Personal requirements of a Signmaker

  • Interest and ability in drawing and design
  • Organisational and analytical skills
  • Willing to work at heights
  • Good eyesight (may be corrected) and normal colour vision
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Aptitude for working with computers
  • Good at working with hands
  • Willing to work both indoors and outdoors

Education & Training for a Signmaker

To become a signmaker you usually have to complete an apprenticeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

slight growth

Employment by state:

ACT 0%

NSW 28.3%

NT 0.5%

QLD 8.3%

SA 9.1%

TAS 4.3%

VIC 36.8%

WA 12.6%

Hours worked:




Gender split:

Male 89.4%

Female 10.6%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 0%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 0%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 100%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 0%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 0%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 0%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 39.3%

Above 35 years: 60.6%

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

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