Arts and Recreation Services

This image shows that there were 244,500 people employed in Arts and Recreation Services as at November 2018, up 17.7% since November 2013. Employment is projected to grow by 8.7% over the five years to May 2023.
25% of jobs are regional. 27% of workers are aged 15 to 24 years. 21% of workers are self-employed. 31% of workers hold a bachelor degree or higher. 27% of workers hold a certificate 3 or higher qualification. 4% of workers hold an other qualification. 38% of workers do not hold a post-school qualification.

Arts and Recreation Services is a relatively small industry that employs workers in a range of activities including the operation of museums, casinos, parks and gardens, creative and performing arts, and professional and recreational sports.

There has been strong employment growth in this industry over the past five years, despite employment falling slightly over the past year.

This is a relatively young workforce (27% are aged 15 to 24 years) and nearly half are employed part-time. Workers in this industry are most commonly employed as Community and Personal Service Workers (30% of employment) or Professionals (23%).

This industry is projected to have relatively strong employment growth over the five years to May 2023 (up by 8.7%), mainly driven by growth in the Sports and Recreation Activities sector.

Arts and Recreation Services, Annual employment growth (%)

Arts and Recreation Services

Arts and Recreation Services
Top employing occupations This industry All industries
Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials 23,300 48,300
Fitness Instructors 13,000 33,800
Sportspersons 10,200 11,100
Music Professionals 9,900 11,700
Greenkeepers 8,200 16,700
Amusement, Fitness and Sports Centre Managers 7,700 12,500
Other Specialist Managers 5,800 50,900
Gardeners 5,100 69,400
Visual Arts and Crafts Professionals 5,000 9,000
Waiters 4,700 129,500
Conference and Event Organisers 4,200 37,600
Authors, and Book and Script Editors 4,100 7,300
Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers 4,100 9,300
General Clerks 4,000 281,800
Gaming Workers 3,900 4,900
Receptionists 3,800 179,600
Journalists and Other Writers 3,700 22,200
Bar Attendants and Baristas 3,700 105,500
Livestock Farm Workers 3,400 38,500
General Sales Assistants 3,300 529,700

Sources: ABS, Labour Force (trend and annual averages of original data); ABS, Education and Work; Department of Jobs and Small Business, Industry Employment Projections; NCVER, Apprentices and Trainees

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