The number of hunters working in Australia has more than doubled over the past decade, with some job opportunities on the rise.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics says a record 3,300 people have been employed by the Department of Employment, Employment Guarantee and Industrial Relations (DEISOR) in 2016.
Those employed in the field of hunting were also among the most likely to be working in an industry with an annual turnover of $2.5 billion.
“The hunting industry is the fastest-growing sector in the Australian economy, employing more than 10,000 people and employing more Australians than the Australian Government,” a DEISOR spokesperson told News24.
“More than 80 per cent of hunters are women and a large proportion of them are working on an hourly basis.”
The job opportunity for hunters was also highest among people aged 25-34, who made up a quarter of hunters, according to the data.
The industry’s growth has coincided with the closure of the National Parks and Wildlife Services (NPWS) in the Northern Territory, with the Bureau of Meteorology reporting that the number of people on the NT hunts had fallen by 60 per cent.
It’s been estimated that about 500 hunters have been killed since the closure.
DeISOR says that the majority of hunters in the industry are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, while women make up the majority, according the ANZS.
It says hunters are more likely to have jobs as truck drivers, landscapers, farmers, or labourers than as hunters.
DeISSOR says the trend is likely to continue, with more hunters employed in agriculture, construction, retail and hospitality sectors, with fewer expected to go into hunting as a full-time job.