Arts Administrators and Managers

ANZSCO ID 139911

Overview

Snapshot

Employed
1,600
Future Growth
N/A
Weekly Earnings
N/A
Full-Time Share
71%
Female Share
71%
Average age
45

Summary

Arts Administrators or Managers plan, organise, direct, control, coordinate and promote artistic and cultural policies, programs, projects and services.

Specialisations: Art Gallery Director, Community Arts Centre Manager, Cultural Centre Manager.

A bachelor or postgraduate degree in arts is usually needed to work as an Arts Administrator or Manager. Some workers have a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification.

Tasks

  • Selects items for display/presentation.

  • Arranges finance for show/production.

  • Selects the director and technical personnel and, in consultation with the director, auditions and selects cast.

  • Establishes operating budgets and production schedules.

  • Determines treatment and scope of production or display.

  • Supervises production and suggests or approves change in script or presentation.

Characteristics

Job Type
Managers
Skill Level
Very high skill
ANZSCO Occupation group
Unemployment Rate
n/a
Industries
Pathway(s)
  • University
  • Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Interests
  • Creative
  • Enterprising
Physical Demand
  • Sedentary

Outlook

Employment Outlook

The NSC produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. Employment projections data are only produced for occupations at the broad four digit Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) level. While data are not available for this occupation, projections data are available for the parent occupation, Other Specialist Managers, under the outlook section.


Earnings and hours

Working arrangements

  • Around 71% of people employed as Arts Administrators and Managers work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 5 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).

    Full-time workers work an average of 45 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to the all jobs average (44 hours per week).

    Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.


Industries

Main industries

1
Arts and Recreation Services
53.3%
2
Public Administration and Safety
10.7%
3
Education and Training
9.6%
4
Retail Trade
6.7%
5
Other industries
15.6%

Regions

Employment across Australia

NSW

33.8% All occupations: 31.6%

VIC

29.9% All occupations: 25.6%

QLD

12.1% All occupations: 20.0%

SA

6.2% All occupations: 7.0%

WA

8.7% All occupations: 10.8%

TAS

3.1% All occupations: 2.0%

NT

2.5% All occupations: 1.0%

ACT

3.5% All occupations: 1.9%

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

State Arts Administrators and Managers All Jobs Average
NSW 33.8 31.6
VIC 29.9 25.6
QLD 12.1 20.0
SA 6.2 7.0
WA 8.7 10.8
TAS 3.1 2.0
NT 2.5 1.0
ACT 3.5 1.9



Worker profile

Age and gender

Age In Years
45
All Jobs Average is 40
Female Share
71%
All Jobs Average is 48%
  • The median age of Arts Administrators and Managers is 45 years. This is higher than the all jobs average of 40 years.

    A large share of workers are aged 45 to 54 years.

    Females make up 71% of the workforce. This is 23 percentage points above the all jobs average of 48%.

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age Bracket Arts Administrators and Managers All Jobs Average
15-19 0.3 5.0
20-24 2.3 9.3
25-34 20.9 22.9
35-44 24.1 22.0
45-54 25.7 21.6
55-59 9.6 9.0
60-64 8.2 6.0
65 and Over 8.9 4.2
Median Age 45 40

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.


Employment Pathways

Education, training and experience

A bachelor or postgraduate degree in arts is usually needed to work as an Arts Administrator or Manager. Some workers have a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification.

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Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: 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 Qualification Arts Administrators and Managers All Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate 31.9 10.1
Bachelor degree 39.4 21.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma 10.4 11.6
Certificate III/IV 4.8 21.1
Year 12 9.3 18.1
Year 11 1.6 4.8
Year 10 and below 2.7 12.5

Source: 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.


Skills and Knowledge

Employers look for Other Specialist Managers who have strong leadership skills, the ability to communicate with a wide variety of people and strong interpersonal skills.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  • 59%

    Coordination with others

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  • 57%

    Active listening

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  • 57%

    Critical thinking

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  • 57%

    Speaking

    Talking to others.

  • 57%

    Writing

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  • 55%

    Reading comprehension

    Reading work related information.

  • 55%

    Time management

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  • 54%

    Judgment and decision making

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  • 54%

    Active learning

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  • 54%

    Monitoring

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  • 52%

    Complex problem solving

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  • 52%

    Persuasion

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  • 52%

    Instructing

    Teaching people how to do something.

  • 50%

    Management of personnel resources

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  • 50%

    Negotiation

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  • 48%

    Management of financial resources

    Figuring out how money is needed to do something, and keeping track of the money that's being spent.

  • 46%

    Learning strategies

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  • 46%

    Operations analysis

    Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.

  • 46%

    Serving others

    Looking for ways to help people.

  • 45%

    Social perceptiveness

    Understanding why people react the way they do.


Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  • 79%

    Communications and media

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

  • 74%

    Sales and marketing

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

  • 74%

    Computers and electronics

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  • 72%

    English language

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

  • 72%

    Fine arts

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

  • 69%

    Customer and personal service

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

  • 64%

    Administration and management

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

  • 62%

    Sociology and anthropology

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

  • 59%

    Technical design

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  • 57%

    Clerical

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  • 46%

    Education and training

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

  • 45%

    Mathematics

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  • 45%

    Personnel and human resources

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

  • 42%

    Production and processing

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  • 39%

    Telecommunications

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

  • 37%

    Psychology

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

  • 32%

    Engineering and technology

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  • 31%

    Economics and accounting

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

  • 30%

    Law and government

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  • 28%

    History and archeology

    Events of the past, their causes, how we learn about them, and how they influence the way we live today.


Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities..

  • 63%

    Originality

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  • 59%

    Near vision

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  • 59%

    Oral expression

    Communicate by speaking.

  • 59%

    Colour discrimination

    Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.

  • 57%

    Brainstorming

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  • 57%

    Deductive reasoning

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  • 57%

    Oral comprehension

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  • 57%

    Categorising

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  • 57%

    Visualization

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  • 55%

    Sorting or ordering

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  • 55%

    Written comprehension

    Read and understand written information.

  • 55%

    Written expression

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  • 54%

    Inductive reasoning

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  • 52%

    Problem spotting

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  • 52%

    Speech recognition

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  • 52%

    Far vision

    See details that are far away.

  • 50%

    Speech clarity

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  • 43%

    Flexibility of closure

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  • 41%

    Perceptual speed

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  • 39%

    Selective attention

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.


Activities

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

  • 85%

    Planning and prioritising work

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  • 82%

    Thinking creatively

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

  • 72%

    Working with computers

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  • 70%

    Building good relationships

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  • 70%

    Scheduling work and activities

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  • 69%

    Making decisions and solving problems

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

  • 69%

    Coordinating the work of a team

    Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.

  • 68%

    Assessing and evaluating things

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  • 67%

    Communicating with the public

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  • 63%

    Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  • 62%

    Influencing people

    Convincing people to buy something or to change their minds or actions.

  • 60%

    Looking for changes over time

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  • 58%

    Making sense of information and ideas

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  • 58%

    Coming up with systems and processes

    Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.

  • 57%

    Collecting and organising information

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  • 56%

    Communicating within a team

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  • 55%

    Documenting or recording information

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  • 54%

    Checking compliance with standards

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  • 54%

    Researching and investigating

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  • 48%

    Explaining things to people

    Helping people to understand and use information.


Interests and demands

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.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  • 100%

    Creative

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  • 90%

    Enterprising

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  • 43%

    Administrative

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  • 43%

    Practical

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  • 33%

    Helping

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  • 19%

    Analytical

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.


Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.
  • 90%

    Independence

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  • 86%

    Achievement

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  • 83%

    Working conditions

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  • 71%

    Recognition

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  • 52%

    Relationships

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  • 48%

    Support

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.


Demands

The physical and social demands that workers face most often are shown below:
  • 100%

    Electronic mail

    Use electronic mail.

  • 99%

    Face-to-face discussions

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  • 98%

    Time pressure

    Work to strict deadlines.

  • 95%

    Teamwork

    Work with people in a group or team.

  • 95%

    Spend time sitting

    Spend time sitting at work.

  • 90%

    Telephone

    Talk on the telephone.

  • 89%

    Being exact or accurate

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  • 89%

    Contact with people

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  • 89%

    Unstructured work

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  • 88%

    Making repetitive motions

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  • 87%

    Indoors, heat controlled

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  • 86%

    Freedom to make decisions

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  • 86%

    Impact of decisions

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  • 84%

    Frequent decision making

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  • 84%

    Repeating same tasks

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

  • 82%

    Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  • 80%

    Responsible for outcomes

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

  • 79%

    Lead or coordinate a team

    Lead others to do work activities.

  • 77%

    Letters and memos

    Write letters and memos.

  • 67%

    Angry or unpleasant people

    Deal with unpleasant, angry, or rude people.

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