Arts and Recreation Services

Australian Jobs 2021

Arts and Recreation Services

Annual Employment Growth (%)

Arts and Recreation Services has a relatively young workforce (25% are aged 15 to 24 years), with most commonly employed as Community and Personal Service Workers (27% of employment) or Professionals (25%).

This is a relatively small employing industry, accounting for around 2% of Australian jobs. There are, though, opportunities for flexible work, with one in five workers self-employed, and almost half employed part-time.

Top employing occupations

Occupation This industry All industries
Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials 18,900 62,700
Fitness Instructors 11,700 38,900
Amusement, Fitness and Sports Centre Managers 10,200 16,200
Music Professionals 7,400 13,000
Sportspersons 7,300 8,600
Visual Arts and Crafts Professionals 6,600 12,500
Receptionists 6,600 164,500
Gaming Workers 6,400 9,300
Gardeners 6,100 83,000
Greenkeepers 6,100 12,800
Other Specialist Managers 5,700 52,200
Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers 5,400 8,400
Authors, and Book and Script Editors 4,700 9,400
Animal Attendants and Trainers 4,500 21,500
Sales Assistants (General) 4,100 586,200
Bar Attendants and Baristas 4,100 103,400
Journalists and Other Writers 3,900 27,900
Commercial Cleaners 3,700 167,000
General Clerks 3,500 311,200
Livestock Farm Workers 3,500 27,200

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant negative impact on employment in Arts and Recreation Services, however, the industry has rebounded strongly. While some organisations have been gradually reopening and transitioning to new ways of working, businesses in some parts of the country remain on hold.

Through the COVID-19 pandemic, some businesses transitioned to new ways of working (for example, delivering fitness classes via online video conferencing, live streaming or video on demand). These new ways of working could create long term changes to the way organisations in this industry operate.

Sources: ABS, Labour Force (seasonally adjusted and annual averages of original data); ABS, Characteristics of Employment; ABS, Education and Work.