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

Data

Employment Level - November 2019 ('000)

253.5

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

23.1

Employment Growth - Five Years to November 2019 (%)

10.0

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

49.4

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

50.6

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

50.7

Average Full Time Hours - November 2019

38

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

898

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

26.7

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

10.4

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

23,300

Fitness InstructorsOpens a new window

13,000

SportspersonsOpens a new window

10,200

Music ProfessionalsOpens a new window

9,900

GreenkeepersOpens a new window

8,200

Amusement, Fitness and Sports Centre ManagersOpens a new window

7,700

Other Specialist ManagersOpens a new window

5,800

GardenersOpens a new window

5,100

Visual Arts and Crafts ProfessionalsOpens a new window

5,000

WaitersOpens a new window

4,700

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



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