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

    You need a high level of performance skill in your speciality area to work as an Actor, Dancer or Entertainer. Formal qualifications might be useful but aren't essential. Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers often have a bachelor degree.

    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

    More about Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers

    All Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers

    All Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers

    • $1,366 Weekly Pay
    • Strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 8,700 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 32% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 46 hours Average full-time
    • 33 years Average age
    • 50% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers (in their main job) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow strongly over the next 5 years:
    from 8,700 in 2018 to 9,400 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 6,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 1,200 a year).

    • Size: This is a small occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Arts and Recreation Services; Education and Training; and Information Media and Telecommunications.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,366 per week (similar to the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (32%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 46 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 33 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (25%).
    • Gender: 50% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
    YearNumber of Workers
    20086300
    20096200
    20104900
    20117800
    20126600
    20136100
    20145200
    20155400
    20164700
    201711800
    20188700
    20239400

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
    EarningsActors, Dancers and Other EntertainersAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings13661460

    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Arts and Recreation Services60.0
    Education and Training11.2
    Information Media and Telecommunications8.6
    Accommodation and Food Services7.3
    Other Industries12.9

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, 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
    NSW33.531.6
    VIC30.425.6
    QLD19.220.0
    SA4.77.0
    WA8.810.8
    TAS1.32.0
    NT0.71.0
    ACT1.31.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, 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
    15-197.7-5.05.0
    20-2417.3-9.39.3
    25-3429.3-22.922.9
    35-4418.8-22.022.0
    45-5414.2-21.621.6
    55-595.0-9.09.0
    60-643.6-6.06.0
    65 and Over4.0-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. 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.
    Type of QualificationActors, Dancers and Other EntertainersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate5.6-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree26.8-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma15.9-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV11.2-21.121.1
    Year 1226.6-18.118.1
    Year 114.5-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below9.3-12.512.5

    You need a high level of performance skill in your speciality area to work as an Actor, Dancer or Entertainer. Formal qualifications might be useful but aren't essential. Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers often have a bachelor degree.

    Membership with the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance may be useful.

    Thinking about study or training?

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

    • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
    • 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.

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

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Fine Arts

      83% Skill level

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

    2. English Language

      67% Skill level

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

    3. Communications and Media

      54% Skill level

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

    4. Psychology

      51% Skill level

      Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

    5. Sociology and Anthropology

      45% Skill level

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

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    The skills and 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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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Work With Work Group or Team

      93% Important

      How important is it to work with others in a group or team?

    2. Contact With Others

      92% Important

      How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

    3. Physical Proximity

      92% Important

      How physically close are you to other people?

    4. Face-to-Face Discussions

      87% Important

      How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

    5. Public Speaking

      85% Important

      How often do you have to talk to a group of people?

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    The skills and 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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