EMPLOYMENT IN SPORT AND RECREATION
Of all those employed in Australia in the week prior to the 2001 Census, 83,008 persons (1.0%) had their main job in a sport and physical recreation occupation. In the 1996 Census, 68,289 persons (0.9% of all persons employed in Australia) had their main job in a sport and physical recreation occupation. This represents an increase of 21.6% for sport and recreation occupations since 1996, compared to an increase of 8.7% for all occupations. Of those employed in a sport and physical recreation occupation in 2001, the largest numbers were reported for Fitness instructors (12,364 persons) and Greenkeepers (11,928 persons).
For individual occupations, the largest increases, in terms of percentage change, were Outdoor adventure leaders (an increase of 560.2%, from 83 persons in 1996 to 548 persons in 2001), Sail makers (increased by 84.3%, from 235 to 433) and Fitness instructors (increased by 61.2% from 7,669 to 12,364). Fitness instructors also showed the largest growth in terms of the total number of persons employed, with an increase of 4,695 in the number of people who had their main job in this occupation.
A further 282,373 persons (or 3.4% of all persons employed in Australia had their main job in another leisure occupation. By comparison, in 1996, 243,280 persons (3.2%) had their main job in such an occupation. This represents an increase of 16.1% since 1996. The largest other leisure occupation groups in 2001 were Waiters (79,826 persons), Bar attendants (47,442 persons), Restaurant and catering managers (39,076 persons), Chefs (38,927 persons) and Cooks (37,992 persons).
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