Arts and Recreation Services

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Arts and Recreation Services is a small employing industry. Around 1.9% of workers have their main job in this industry.

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.

Median earnings are $915 per week, lower than all industries median earnings of $1,300.

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    Employment in the Arts and Recreation Services industry grew over the 20 years to November 2023.

    The number of workers grew by 18,900 (or 7.5%) over the last year.



    Sports and Physical Recreation Activities is the largest sector in the Arts and Recreation Services industry, employing 114,900 workers.



    Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials is the largest employing occupation in the Arts and Recreation Services industry.

    The 10 largest employing occupations are shown below.

    Some occupations are common across a number of industries.

    Largest employing occupations

    Source: Ranked using ABS, Labour Force Survey, 2022, four-quarter average data, customised report.
    ANZSCO CodeOccupation title
    4523Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials
    4521Fitness Instructors
    2112Music Professionals
    1491Amusement, Fitness and Sports Centre Managers
    4313Gaming Workers
    2114Visual Arts and Crafts Professionals


    Useful links

    Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification

    The Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC) provides a basis for the standardised collection, analysis and dissemination of economic data on an industry basis for Australia and New Zealand. ANZSIC is a hierarchical industry classification with four levels - divisions (the broadest level), subdivisions, groups and classes (the finest level).

    There are 19 division level industries which provide a broad picture of the economy and is most suitable for the publication of summary tables in official statistics.

    The subdivision, group and class levels provide increasingly detailed dissections of these categories for the compilation of more specific and detailed statistics. The sector data is at the group level.

    For more information on the ANZSIC visit the ABS website.

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