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. Learn more here.

Arts and Recreation Services employs approximately 253,500 persons (ABS trend data), which accounts for 1.9 per cent of the total workforce. Over the past five years, employment in the industry has increased by 10.0 per cent. The median age for workers in this industry is 34 years and median weekly earnings are around $898 per week.

Employment Characteristics Data

Employment Characteristics


Employment Level - November 2019 ('000)


Employment Growth - Five years to November 2019 ('000)


Employment Growth - Five Years to November 2019 (%)


Male Share of Employment - Year to November 2019 (%)


Female Share of Employment - Year to November 2019 (%)


Full Time Share of Employment - Year to November 2019 (%)


Average Full Time Hours - November 2019


Median Weekly Earnings in Main Job - August 2019 ($)


Projected Employment Growth - Five Years to May 2024 ('000)


Projected Employment Growth - Five Years to May 2024 (%)


Sources: ABS, Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, Quarterly, cat. no. 6291.0.55.003, trend. Average full time hours data is Department of Education, Skills and Employment trend; Earnings data are ABS, Characteristics of Employment Cat. No. 6333.0, August 2019; Department of Education, Skills and Employment, 2019 employment projections, five years to May 2024.

Top 10 Occupations Data

Top 10 Occupations

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Number Employed

(four quarter average, 2018)

Sports Coaches, Instructors and OfficialsOpens a new window


Fitness InstructorsOpens a new window


SportspersonsOpens a new window


Music ProfessionalsOpens a new window


GreenkeepersOpens a new window


Amusement, Fitness and Sports Centre ManagersOpens a new window


Other Specialist ManagersOpens a new window


GardenersOpens a new window


Visual Arts and Crafts ProfessionalsOpens a new window


WaitersOpens a new window


Source: Four quarter average and custom data based on ABS Labour Force, Australia, Cat no: 6291.0.55.003.

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