Young architecture and design professionals are among those most likely to have entrepreneurial ambitions in the country, according to recent research by local design schools.

The new study by CATC Design School and Billy Blue College of Design drew this conclusion from a survey of 1,500 Australian workers aged 18-35, which revealed that over 80 per cent of designers want to work for themselves or start their own business, well above the 65 per cent average of professionals in other industries and sectors.

The design and creative fields category included interiors, architecture/design, graphic and industrial design, as well as web, digital, photography, creative arts, fashion, film, TV & video production. Of the 1,500 respondents overall, 157 were from this category.

Close to 78 per cent of designers and creatives are much more likely to say they are ‘following their passion’ in comparison with just 55 per cent from other sectors. Additionally, 71 per cent of young designers believe in the value of higher education in career advancement.