Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers entertain by portraying roles in productions, performing and composing dances, and performing a variety of other acts.

A skill level equal to a Bachelor Degree or higher, or at least 5 years of relevant experience is usually needed. High levels of creative talent or personal commitment and interest are also important.

Tasks

  • reading scripts and undertaking research to gain understanding of parts, themes and characterisations
  • learning lines and cues, rehearsing parts, and applying vocal and movement skills to the development of characterisation
  • preparing for performances through rehearsals under the instruction and guidance of production directors
  • acting parts and portraying roles as developed in rehearsals in film, television, radio and stage productions
  • practising dance routines and interpreting the choreographic content of the production
  • performing dances for audience entertainment, coordinating body movements and facial expression, usually with musical accompaniment
  • composing and notating ballet compositions and other dance routines
  • creating and performing individual performance routines
  • rehearsing, auditioning and travelling between entertainment venues

Job Titles

  • Actor
  • Dancer or Choreographer
  • Entertainer, or Variety Artist
  • Other Actors, Dancers and Entertainers
  • Actor

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

    Specialisations: Mime Artist, Voice-over Artist

  • Dancer or Choreographer

    Entertains by performing dances, or creates dance compositions.

    Specialisations: Ballet Dancer, Contemporary or Modern Dancer, Exotic Dancer

  • Entertainer, or Variety Artist

    Entertains by performing a variety of acts using a mix of acting, singing, dance and movement skills.

    Specialisations: Busker, Circus Artist, Clown, Comedian, Magician/Illusionist, Puppeteer, Ventriloquist

  • Other Actors, Dancers and Entertainers

    Includes Circus Trainer, Disc Jockey (Nightclub), Extra (Film or Television), Motivational Speaker, Public Speaker, Stunt Performer

Fast Facts

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • 10,400 workers Employment Size
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • Higher unemployment Unemployment
  • 26.2% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 35.8 hours Average full-time
  • 32 years Average age
  • 50.6% female Gender Share

The number of Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow moderately over the next 5 years:
from 10,400 in 2017 to 10,800 by 2022.
There are likely to be around 7,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

  • Size: This is a small occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was above average in 2017.
  • Location: Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers work in most regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Arts and Recreation Services; Information Media and Telecommunications; and Education and Training.
  • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (26.2%, fewer than the all jobs average of 68.4%), showing there are many opportunites to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 35.8 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 32 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (25.1%).
  • Gender: 50.6% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
YearNumber of Workers
20074900
20086300
20096300
20105000
20117900
20126600
20136200
20144900
20155300
20164700
201710400
202210800

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Arts and Recreation Services59.6
Information Media and Telecommunications11.5
Education and Training9.1
Administrative and Support Services6.4
Other Industries13.4

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateActors, Dancers and Other EntertainersAll Jobs Average
NSW27.031.6
VIC33.626.2
QLD22.119.7
SA3.46.7
WA11.210.8
TAS0.62.0
NT1.01.1
ACT1.11.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketActors, Dancers and Other EntertainersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-196.2-5.25.2
20-2418.9-9.99.9
25-3426.4-23.623.6
35-4422.9-21.721.7
45-5415.8-20.820.8
55-591.3-8.88.8
60-643.3-6.06.0
65 and Over5.3-4.04.0

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

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A skill level equal to a Bachelor Degree or higher, or at least 5 years of relevant experience is usually needed. High levels of creative talent or personal commitment and interest are also important.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Creative Arts and Culture VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

Employers look for Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers who have strong people skills, can communicate well with diverse audiences and are reliable.

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Fine Arts

    91% Important

    Compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

  2. English Language

    90% Important

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  3. Psychology

    72% Important

    Human behaviour and performance; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioural and affective disorders.

  4. Communications and Media

    66% Important

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  5. Sociology and Anthropology

    61% Important

    Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

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Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Thinking Creatively

    96% Important

    Using your own ideas to developing, designing, or creating something new.

  2. Building Good Relationships

    90% Important

    Building and keeping constructive and cooperative working relationships with others.

  3. Performing for or Working Directly with the Public

    89% Important

    Performing for, or speaking with, the public. This includes speaking on television, serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

  4. Getting Information

    81% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  5. Making Decisions and Solving Problems

    77% Important

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

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The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 27-2011.00 - Actors.

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