Community Arts Workers

ANZSCO ID 272611

Overview

Snapshot

Employed
500
Future Growth
N/A
Weekly Earnings
N/A
Full-Time Share
52%
Female Share
81%
Average age
43

Summary

Community Arts Workers identify issues of local need, concerns and aspirations through community consultation, and design and implement strategies to facilitate and encourage community arts projects and happenings, and promote the value of community cultural development.

Also known as: Community Arts Officer or Community Artist.

Specialisations: Community Cultural Development Officer.

A formal qualification in arts or another related field is usually needed to work as a Community Arts Worker. University and Vocational Education and Training (VET) are both common study pathways.

Tasks

  • Researches and analyses community issues, needs and problems.

  • Develops, evaluates and maintains community resources and programmes.

  • Evaluates data and writes reports such as submissions requesting funding for continuing programmes and new projects.

Characteristics

Job Type
Professionals
Skill Level
Very high skill
ANZSCO Occupation group
Unemployment Rate
n/a
Industries
Pathway(s)
  • University
  • Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Interests
  • Enterprising
  • Helping
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, Welfare, Recreation and Community Arts Workers, under the outlook section.


Earnings and hours

Working arrangements

  • Around 52% of people employed as Community Arts Workers work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 14 percentage points below the all jobs average (66%).

    Full-time workers work an average of 41 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
Public Administration and Safety
59.7%
2
Arts and Recreation Services
17.3%
3
Health Care and Social Assistance
8.1%
4
Education and Training
4.8%
5
Other industries
5.8%

Regions

Employment across Australia

NSW

24.5% All occupations: 31.6%

VIC

28.4% All occupations: 25.6%

QLD

15.9% All occupations: 20.0%

SA

10.0% All occupations: 7.0%

WA

13.7% All occupations: 10.8%

TAS

3.9% All occupations: 2.0%

NT

2.9% All occupations: 1.0%

ACT

0.8% All occupations: 1.9%

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

State Community Arts Workers All Jobs Average
NSW 24.5 31.6
VIC 28.4 25.6
QLD 15.9 20.0
SA 10.0 7.0
WA 13.7 10.8
TAS 3.9 2.0
NT 2.9 1.0
ACT 0.8 1.9


  • Around 64% of Community Arts Workers live in capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 62%.

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

    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
43
All Jobs Average is 40
Female Share
81%
All Jobs Average is 48%
  • The median age of Community Arts Workers is 43 years. This is higher than the all jobs average of 40 years.

    A large share of workers are aged 35 to 44 years.

    Females make up 81% of the workforce. This is 33 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 Community Arts Workers All Jobs Average
15-19 0.0 5.0
20-24 2.6 9.3
25-34 19.6 22.9
35-44 30.2 22.0
45-54 27.4 21.6
55-59 9.5 9.0
60-64 7.9 6.0
65 and Over 2.8 4.2
Median Age 43 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 formal qualification in arts or another related field is usually needed to work as a Community Arts Worker. University and Vocational Education and Training (VET) are both common study pathways.

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  • AAPathways website to explore Community Services and Sport, Fitness and Recreation VET training pathways.

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 Community Arts Workers All Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate 32.1 10.1
Bachelor degree 38.5 21.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma 15.2 11.6
Certificate III/IV 5.9 21.1
Year 12 6.8 18.1
Year 11 0.6 4.8
Year 10 and below 0.8 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 Welfare, Recreation and Community Arts Workers who can communicate and are mature and organised.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  • 68%

    Social perceptiveness

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  • 64%

    Active listening

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

  • 64%

    Management of personnel resources

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

  • 64%

    Monitoring

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

  • 63%

    Coordination with others

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  • 63%

    Reading comprehension

    Reading work related information.

  • 63%

    Speaking

    Talking to others.

  • 63%

    Time management

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

  • 63%

    Writing

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  • 61%

    Critical thinking

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

  • 61%

    Judgment and decision making

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

  • 61%

    Systems evaluation

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  • 59%

    Serving others

    Looking for ways to help people.

  • 59%

    Active learning

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

  • 59%

    Learning strategies

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

  • 59%

    Management of financial resources

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

  • 57%

    Complex problem solving

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

  • 57%

    Systems analysis

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  • 57%

    Instructing

    Teaching people how to do something.

  • 55%

    Persuasion

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.


Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  • 81%

    Customer and personal service

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

  • 75%

    Therapy and counselling

    Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

  • 74%

    Psychology

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

  • 69%

    Education and training

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

  • 64%

    English language

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

  • 63%

    Administration and management

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

  • 61%

    Personnel and human resources

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

  • 61%

    Clerical

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

  • 58%

    Computers and electronics

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

  • 57%

    Sociology and anthropology

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

  • 51%

    Law and government

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

  • 51%

    Mathematics

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  • 50%

    Philosophy and theology

    Philosophical systems and religions, including their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and impact on society.

  • 47%

    Public safety and security

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  • 45%

    Sales and marketing

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

  • 42%

    Communications and media

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

  • 40%

    Medicine and dentistry

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

  • 35%

    Transportation

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

  • 34%

    Economics and accounting

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

  • 26%

    Production and processing

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


Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities..

  • 64%

    Oral comprehension

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  • 64%

    Oral expression

    Communicate by speaking.

  • 64%

    Speech clarity

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  • 63%

    Written comprehension

    Read and understand written information.

  • 63%

    Written expression

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  • 61%

    Deductive reasoning

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  • 61%

    Problem spotting

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

  • 61%

    Speech recognition

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  • 61%

    Near vision

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

  • 59%

    Brainstorming

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

  • 59%

    Originality

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

  • 54%

    Inductive reasoning

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

  • 54%

    Categorising

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  • 52%

    Sorting or ordering

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

  • 52%

    Mathematics

    Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.

  • 52%

    Working with numbers

    Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.

  • 46%

    Far vision

    See details that are far away.

  • 45%

    Flexibility of closure

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

  • 45%

    Multitasking

    Do two or more things at the same time.

  • 43%

    Selective attention

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.


Activities

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

  • 85%

    Negotiating and resolving conflicts

    Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.

  • 84%

    Guiding and directing staff

    Guiding and directing staff, including setting and monitoring performance standards.

  • 84%

    Building good relationships

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  • 82%

    Giving expert advice

    Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.

  • 82%

    Communicating within a team

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

  • 81%

    Making decisions and solving problems

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

  • 79%

    Coordinating the work of a team

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

  • 79%

    Communicating with the public

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

  • 79%

    Helping and caring for others

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.

  • 79%

    Planning and prioritising work

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

  • 78%

    Working with the public

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

  • 76%

    Thinking creatively

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

  • 72%

    Checking compliance with standards

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

  • 69%

    Assessing and evaluating things

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

  • 67%

    Leading and encouraging a team

    Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.

  • 66%

    Collecting and organising information

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

  • 66%

    Coming up with systems and processes

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

  • 65%

    Researching and investigating

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  • 62%

    Documenting or recording information

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

  • 50%

    Working with computers

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

  • 95%

    Enterprising

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

  • 86%

    Helping

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  • 48%

    Administrative

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

  • 38%

    Creative

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

  • 19%

    Analytical

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

  • 14%

    Practical

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


Values

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

    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.

  • 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.

  • 79%

    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.

  • 76%

    Achievement

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

  • 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.

  • 62%

    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%

    Telephone

    Talk on the telephone.

  • 100%

    Face-to-face discussions

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  • 97%

    Contact with people

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

  • 97%

    Teamwork

    Work with people in a group or team.

  • 93%

    Contact with the public

    Work with customers or the public.

  • 90%

    Impact of decisions

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  • 90%

    Electronic mail

    Use electronic mail.

  • 89%

    Frequent decision making

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  • 89%

    Indoors, heat controlled

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  • 87%

    Freedom to make decisions

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  • 85%

    Letters and memos

    Write letters and memos.

  • 84%

    Lead or coordinate a team

    Lead others to do work activities.

  • 81%

    Unstructured work

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

  • 80%

    Time pressure

    Work to strict deadlines.

  • 79%

    Spend time sitting

    Spend time sitting at work.

  • 78%

    Responsible for outcomes

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

  • 76%

    Consequence of error

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  • 73%

    Being exact or accurate

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  • 70%

    Angry or unpleasant people

    Deal with unpleasant, angry, or rude people.

  • 68%

    Health and safety of others

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

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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, 11-9151.00 - Social and Community Service Managers.


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