EMPLOYED

1,500

PART-TIME SHARE

58%

FEMALE SHARE

49%

MEDIAN WEEKLY EARNINGS

N/A

MEDIAN AGE

36

ANNUAL EMPLOYMENT GROWTH

N/A

Actors entertain by portraying roles in film, television, radio, and stage productions.

  • Reads scripts and undertakes research to gain understanding of parts, themes and characterisations
  • Learns lines and cues, rehearses parts, and applies vocal and movement skills to the development of characterisation
  • Prepares for performances through rehearsals under the instruction and guidance of production directors
  • Acts parts and portrays roles as developed through rehearsals into film, television, radio and stage productions
  • Travels between entertainment venues
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    Hours worked

    Source: ABS, 2021 Census of Population and Housing based on place of usual residence.
    Hours worked Actors All Occupations
    Share of workers who work full-time hours 24% 59%
    Average full-time hours worked per week 43 hours 44 hours

    Industries

    Actors work in industries like:

    Source: ABS, 2021 Census of Population and Housing based on place of usual residence.

    States and territories

    New South Wales

    35.4%

    Victoria

    33.6%

    Queensland

    17.0%

    South Australia

    4.9%

    Tasmania

    0.9%

    Northern Territory

    0.0%

    Australian Capital Territory

    1.0%

    Source: ABS, 2021 Census of Population and Housing based on place of usual residence.

    Age and gender

    Age and Gender Profile
    Source: ABS, 2021 Census of Population and Housing based on place of usual residence.
    Age and Gender Actors All Occupations
    Median age 36 years 40 years
    Female share of employment 49% 49%
    Source: ABS, 2021 Census of Population and Housing based on place of usual residence.
    Age Profile (% Share) All Occupations Actors
    15–19 5.2 4.2
    20–24 9.1 12.9
    25–34 22.7 29.6
    35–44 22.3 21.0
    45–54 20.4 16.5
    55–59 8.8 5.5
    60–64 6.5 4.2
    65 and Over 4.9 6.1

    Education

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    Source: ABS, 2021 Census of Population and Housing based on place of usual residence. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study).
    Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Note: the sum of the educational attainment categories may not add up to 100% due to the exclusion of non-descriptive categories such as not stated responses.
    Highest Level of Educational Attainment (% Share) All Occupations Actors
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate 12.2 8.5
    Bachelor degree 23.2 40.9
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma 11.1 17.6
    Certificate III/IV 19.5 5.4
    Year 12 15.9 16.9
    Year 11 4.0 3.5
    Year 10 and below 9.7 4.4
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