Jockeys ride horses in competitive races, race trials, and for exercise.

Specialisations: Apprentice Jockey, Steeplechase Jockey.

An Apprenticeship in jockey training is generally needed to work as a Jockey, however some Jockeys don't have formal qualifications.

Tasks

  • Maintains a high degree of expertise in horse riding.
  • Attends regular practice sessions and undertakes private training to maintain the required standard of fitness.
  • Decides on strategies in consultation with coaches.
  • Assesses other competitors and conditions at venues.
  • Competes in racing trials and events.
  • Adheres to the rules and regulations associated with horse racing.
  • Undertakes sports promotional activities and television appearances.

All Sportspersons

  • $1,548 Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Jockeys

  • 580 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 70% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 49 hours Average full-time
  • 30 years Average age
  • 32% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Jockeys (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from 580 in 2011 to 580 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Jockeys work in many parts of Australia. Queensland has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in the Arts and Recreation Services industry.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (70%, similar to the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 49 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 30 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (31%).
  • Gender: 32% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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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 Services94.4
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1.8
Manufacturing1.3
Education and Training0.9
Other Industries1.6

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.
StateJockeysAll Jobs Average
NSW26.031.6
VIC27.625.6
QLD26.520.0
SA5.77.0
WA10.710.8
TAS1.92.0
NT1.01.0
ACT0.51.9

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 BracketJockeysAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-196.4-5.05.0
20-2424.1-9.39.3
25-3431.0-22.922.9
35-4423.6-22.022.0
45-5411.5-21.621.6
55-591.6-9.09.0
60-640.9-6.06.0
65 and Over0.9-4.24.2

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 QualificationJockeysAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.0-10.110.1
Bachelor degree0.0-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma5.2-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV51.0-21.121.1
Year 1213.4-18.118.1
Year 114.7-4.84.8
Year 10 and below25.7-12.512.5

An Apprenticeship in jockey training is generally needed to work as a Jockey, however some Jockeys don't have formal qualifications.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and Personal Service

    62% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  2. Personnel and Human Resources

    60% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  3. Education and Training

    56% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  4. Administration and Management

    53% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  5. Sales and Marketing

    53% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

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  1. Face-to-Face Discussions

    95% Important

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  2. Work With Work Group or Team

    89% Important

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

  3. Level of Competition

    89% Important

    To what extent does this job require the worker to compete or to be aware of competitive pressures?

  4. Contact With Others

    86% Important

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

  5. Impact of Decisions

    84% Important

    What results do your decisions have on other people?

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