Australian Bureau of Statistics
6273.0 - Employment in Culture, Australia, 2006 Quality Declaration
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 27/02/2008
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Snapshot of people who work in Culture: ABS
More men (55%) than women (45%) were employed in cultural occupations as their main job, according to further analysis of the 2006 Census released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
More than 90% of all broadcasting transmitter operators, camera operators, light and sound technicians and television equipment operators were men. In comparison around 85% of all library and archive workers were women.
Approximately 285,000 people (aged 15 years and over) worked in a cultural occupation as their main job in 2006. However around two-fifths (45%) of these people were not employed in the cultural industry. The largest number of cultural workers were employed as graphic designers, ministers of religion and architects (see media note below).
Employment in cultural occupations has increased by 7% between 2001 and 2006. There were large increases in the number of graphic designers, architects and media producers, while the numbers of printing tradespeople had the largest decrease.
The median gross weekly income for people working in a cultural occupation as their main job was $741, compared with $718 for all employed people.
While around 346,000 people worked in the cultural industry as their main job, more than half of these (55%) worked in a non-cultural occupation (e.g. a cleaner employed in a museum) at the time of the 2006 Census.
Further details on the characteristics of those employed in cultural occupations and industries, including age, birthplace, and hours worked, can be found in Employment in Culture, Australia, 2006 (cat. no. 6273.0) from this website.
Media note: The Australian Culture and Leisure Classifications (cat. no. 4902.0) has been used to identify arts, heritage and other culture occupations and industries in this publication.
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