Discover industries – Arts and Recreation Services

A small yet diverse industry. Most workers have qualifications post-high school and some have many years of training in their chosen fields.

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About Arts and Recreation Services

Arts and Recreation Services is a small industry by employment numbers. 

This diverse industry includes: 

  • professional and recreational sports 

  • creative and performing arts 

  • museums 

  • zoos and botanical gardens 

  • amusement parks and recreation centres 

  • casinos and gambling activities. 

More than half of the workers in this industry have a post-school qualification. Some occupations, such as professional sportspeople, do not require formal qualifications but need many years of training. 

Many people in this industry may not have a cultivated talent or training in the arts, and work in administrative, support and management roles. 

Around half of those with their main job in this industry work full-time hours. 

Source: Labour Market Insights, Jan 2024

Workforce share in Australia 

Percentage of workers who have their main job in this industry. 

1.7 %
Employed in Australia

The number of people this industry employs in Australia. 

Industry growth in Australia

This is the projected amount this industry will grow by in Australia over the next 5 years. 

5.5 %

Source: Jobs and Skills Australia (JSA), Employment Projections, May 2023.

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Current and future employment in Australia

See how Australia's Arts and Recreation Services industry is projected to grow by 11.1% over a 10-year period compared to an average Australian industry growth rate of 14.2%.

Largest employing occupations

This table shows the top-10 occupations in Arts and Recreation Services by employment numbers. 

Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials
Fitness Instructor
Music Professionals
Amusement, Fitness and Sports Centre Managers
Visual Arts and Crafts Professionals
Gaming Worker
Sales Assistant (General)

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, 2021

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