Thriving Arts Give Expats A Design For Life In Australia

Fancy moving to Australia but aren’t sure whether you’re in the right line of work?

Then, the latest census figures could make for some fascinating reading.

Contrary to popular belief, Australia has a thriving media, arts and culture scene, but some sectors have suffered mixed fortunes during the past five years, when the last census was taken.

Among the biggest employers are businesses for make-up artists, musicians, actors and photographers.

Another good sector with strong employment prospects is graphic design – with an increase of 14% to 25,513 over the past five years.

However, it’s not all good news – even though the Australian economy is doing well compared to many major industrialised nations.

Architects building in numbers

Among the losers are print journalists, radio presenters and historians, all showing a slight decline in popularity with employers.

The figures come from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2011 Census of Population and Housing, which also reveals there are slightly more men employed in Australia’s art, media and culture industries than women.

An ABS spokesman said: “Overall, our census showed that there are 358,164 people working in the cultural sector and the biggest employer is architectural services with 33,835 people.

“The next biggest sector for employment was the advertising services industry which employs 30,457 people.”

Around 39% of those employed in culture earn at least £645 a week (or £33,540 a year).

The best earners are those involved in internet publishing and TV broadcasting, who pick up around £969 a week (£50,388).

Other jobs which have suffered a drop in numbers in recent years are dancers, painters and librarians.

Kiss and make-up

However, if you work as a film or TV director then your industry is flourishing, as are zookeepers, interior designers and web designers.

Business is still very much a man’s world if you are a sound technician, camera operator or a director of photography with women taking up less than 10% of these sectors.

The roles are reversed for make-up artists – a female stranglehold leaves less than 5% of jobs for the boys.

Around two-thirds of people working in culture are full time workers, and as Australia is such a vast country, most cultural jobs are centred in New South Wales, followed by Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory.

Perhaps it’s a sign of the times but one sector which is also expanding is funeral directors, which has seen an increase of 245 jobs since the last census.