If you want a career where you can get creative and use a variety of practical skills to produce a wide range of signage, signmaking could suit you.

Careers information 

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What do they do?

The signmaking industry is a diverse industry incorporating designing, building, painting, signwriting, applying graphics and installation. A career in signmaking allows you to get creative and use a variety of materials such as perspex, vinyl, plastic, metal, glass, and wood. Various methods are used to produce signs, for example computer-controlled routers for 3D lettering and shapes from various materials, cutting and applying lettering or digital imagery to panels, banners and vehicles.

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A typical day

Typically, an eight-hour day (possibly shift work).

The nature of the work will vary with the employer, but it could involve machining, colour vinyl wrapping vehicles, printing, hand decorating spray-painting and screen-printing.


     Sound like you?

Study areas 
Helpful experience  
Preferred work environments 
  • English or Media or History 
  • Sciences or Workshop Technology 
  • Creative Arts (Visual/ Textiles/ Graphics)
  • Computing/ICT/Information Management 
  • Confident communicator 
  • Strong eye for detail
  • Confidence with IT, computers, technology 
  • Making or fixing things 
  • Working with computers
  • Working with machinery 


  • Inside (workshop or plant) 
  • Outside (outdoors) 
  • Different places from time to time 
  • Lots of different places every day 

Career pathway

SchoolEntry level jobs Advancing jobs Senior jobs 
NCEA in English, Maths, Visual Arts, Technology, Computing or Graphics may be useful Signmaker
  • Specialist Signmaker
  • Senior Signmaker 
  • Team Leader 
  • Manager 
  • Business Manager 
  • Business Owner 
Unit/Achievement standards in schools Apprenticeship Higher learning Higher learning