Body Artists

ANZSCO ID 451814

Overview

Snapshot

Employed
2,500
Future Growth
N/A
Weekly Earnings
N/A
Full-Time Share
57%
Female Share
42%
Average age
31

Summary

Body Artists decorate, adorn or modify the human body by using a range of techniques such as tattooing, piercing, cutting, branding, manipulating, stretching, and scarring the skin.

Specialisations: Body Piercer, Tattooist.

Formal qualifications are not usually required to work as a Body Artist.

Tasks

  • Explains tattooing procedure to client.

  • Ensures client is certain about wanting a tattoo.

  • Helps the client chose an image, interprets the client's ideas to form a suitable image, copy or design image for the client, resizes image to fit the body part it is going on and makes a stencil of the image.

  • Shaves the area being tattooed and applies disinfectant to the skin.

  • Puts the stencil on the skin to ensure it fits with the body part.

  • Solders the group of needles onto the needle bar.

  • Draws the outline, colouring and shadowing of the tattoo with inked needles.

  • Applies cream and antiseptic covers to the finished tattoo.

  • Tells clients how to properly care for the tattoo.

  • Ensures all sterilisation equipment is kept in good working order.

  • Ensures the studio and equipment meets with sterilisation, waste management and health and safety standards.

  • Trains people.

Characteristics

Job Type
Community And Personal Service Workers
Skill Level
Lower skill
ANZSCO Occupation group
Unemployment Rate
n/a
Industries
Pathway(s)
  • Vocational Education and Training (VET)
  • Informal or on-the-job
Interests
  • Practical
  • Creative
Physical Demand
  • Sedentary
  • Light

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 Personal Service Workers, under the outlook section.


Earnings and hours

Working arrangements

  • Around 57% of people employed as Body Artists work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 9 percentage points below the all jobs average (66%).

    Full-time workers work an average of 44 hours per week in their main job. This is the same as the all jobs average.

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


Industries

Main industries

1
Other Services
82.9%
2
Retail Trade
5.7%
3
Arts and Recreation Services
5.3%
4
Construction
2.2%
5
Other industries
1.4%

Regions

Employment across Australia

NSW

23.8% All occupations: 31.6%

VIC

26.3% All occupations: 25.6%

QLD

28.7% All occupations: 20.0%

SA

7.2% All occupations: 7.0%

WA

9.6% All occupations: 10.8%

TAS

2.7% All occupations: 2.0%

NT

0.4% All occupations: 1.0%

ACT

1.2% All occupations: 1.9%

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

State Body Artists All Jobs Average
NSW 23.8 31.6
VIC 26.3 25.6
QLD 28.7 20.0
SA 7.2 7.0
WA 9.6 10.8
TAS 2.7 2.0
NT 0.4 1.0
ACT 1.2 1.9


  • Around 47% of Body Artists live outside of capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 38%.

    Queensland has a large share of employment relative to its population size.

    The regions with the largest share of workers are:

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.


Worker profile

Age and gender

Age In Years
31
All Jobs Average is 40
Female Share
42%
All Jobs Average is 48%
  • The median age of Body Artists is 31 years. This is younger than the all jobs average of 40 years.

    A large share of workers are aged 25 to 34 years.

    Females make up 42% of the workforce. This is 6 percentage points below 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 Body Artists All Jobs Average
15-19 3.4 5.0
20-24 16.2 9.3
25-34 42.4 22.9
35-44 22.0 22.0
45-54 11.3 21.6
55-59 2.7 9.0
60-64 1.1 6.0
65 and Over 1.0 4.2
Median Age 31 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

Formal qualifications are not usually required to work as a Body Artist.

Registration or licencing may be required.

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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 Body Artists All Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate 0.8 10.1
Bachelor degree 8.7 21.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma 14.0 11.6
Certificate III/IV 23.2 21.1
Year 12 28.5 18.1
Year 11 8.5 4.8
Year 10 and below 16.4 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 Personal Service Workers who are caring and compassionate, who can communicate clearly and are trustworthy.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  • 50%

    Critical thinking

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

  • 46%

    Active learning

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

  • 46%

    Active listening

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

  • 46%

    Reading comprehension

    Reading work related information.

  • 43%

    Judgment and decision making

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

  • 43%

    Speaking

    Talking to others.

  • 41%

    Complex problem solving

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

  • 41%

    Social perceptiveness

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  • 39%

    Monitoring

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

  • 39%

    Operations analysis

    Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.

  • 39%

    Serving others

    Looking for ways to help people.

  • 37%

    Time management

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

  • 37%

    Quality control analysis

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  • 37%

    Writing

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  • 36%

    Coordination with others

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  • 36%

    Management of financial resources

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

  • 34%

    Persuasion

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  • 34%

    Operation monitoring

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  • 30%

    Negotiation

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  • 27%

    Management of material resources

    Providing the right equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do work.


Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  • 89%

    Fine arts

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

  • 68%

    Technical design

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

  • 56%

    Sales and marketing

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

  • 54%

    Customer and personal service

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

  • 49%

    English language

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

  • 49%

    Production and processing

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

  • 49%

    Mathematics

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  • 48%

    Administration and management

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

  • 47%

    Computers and electronics

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

  • 46%

    Clerical

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

  • 44%

    Mechanical

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  • 42%

    Communications and media

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

  • 39%

    Education and training

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

  • 37%

    Chemistry

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  • 37%

    Economics and accounting

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

  • 35%

    History and archeology

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

  • 34%

    Psychology

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

  • 28%

    Engineering and technology

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

  • 26%

    Transportation

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  • 23%

    Building and construction

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.


Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities..

  • 75%

    Colour discrimination

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

  • 64%

    Originality

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

  • 61%

    Visualization

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

  • 57%

    Brainstorming

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

  • 54%

    Manual dexterity

    Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  • 52%

    Arm-hand steadiness

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  • 50%

    Near vision

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

  • 50%

    Oral comprehension

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  • 50%

    Oral expression

    Communicate by speaking.

  • 48%

    Finger dexterity

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  • 48%

    Categorising

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  • 48%

    Speech recognition

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  • 46%

    Selective attention

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  • 45%

    Written comprehension

    Read and understand written information.

  • 43%

    Deductive reasoning

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  • 43%

    Inductive reasoning

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

  • 41%

    Problem spotting

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

  • 41%

    Sorting or ordering

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

  • 41%

    Speech clarity

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  • 34%

    Multilimb coordination

    Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.


Activities

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

  • 90%

    Thinking creatively

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

  • 72%

    Handling and moving objects

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.

  • 62%

    Communicating with the public

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

  • 62%

    Planning and prioritising work

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

  • 59%

    Making decisions and solving problems

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

  • 57%

    Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

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

  • 55%

    Influencing people

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

  • 54%

    Building good relationships

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  • 53%

    Assessing and evaluating things

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

  • 52%

    Working with the public

    Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.

  • 48%

    Researching and investigating

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  • 47%

    Managing payments and orders

    Monitoring and controlling resources and the spending of money.

  • 45%

    Monitoring people, processes and things

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  • 43%

    Looking for changes over time

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

  • 41%

    Doing physically active work

    Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.

  • 41%

    Controlling equipment or machines

    Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  • 40%

    Coming up with systems and processes

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

  • 40%

    Scheduling work and activities

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

  • 35%

    Checking for errors or defects

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  • 28%

    Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.


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.

  • 71%

    Practical

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

  • 48%

    Enterprising

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

  • 38%

    Analytical

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

  • 29%

    Helping

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  • 14%

    Administrative

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


Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.
  • 81%

    Achievement

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

  • 81%

    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.

  • 67%

    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.

  • 67%

    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.

  • 57%

    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.

  • 29%

    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:
  • 98%

    Freedom to make decisions

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  • 95%

    Unstructured work

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

  • 94%

    Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

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

  • 81%

    Being exact or accurate

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  • 80%

    Contact with the public

    Work with customers or the public.

  • 78%

    Telephone

    Talk on the telephone.

  • 77%

    Indoors, heat controlled

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  • 70%

    Competition

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  • 69%

    Frequent decision making

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  • 68%

    Time pressure

    Work to strict deadlines.

  • 68%

    Face-to-face discussions

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  • 67%

    Wear common protective or safety equipment

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  • 66%

    Impact of decisions

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  • 65%

    Electronic mail

    Use electronic mail.

  • 65%

    Spend time standing

    Spend time standing at work.

  • 64%

    Making repetitive motions

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  • 63%

    Exposure to contaminants

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  • 63%

    Contact with people

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

  • 59%

    Letters and memos

    Write letters and memos.

  • 58%

    Indoors, not heat controlled

    Work indoors without heating or cooling (e.g., warehouse without heat).

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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, 27-1013.00 - Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators.


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