Definition: Cultural occupations
Cultural occupations include, e.g., professions which are either artistic, technical or administrative by nature or, in some cases, they fall under all these definitions. Furthermore, the cultural sector is rapidly changing and new occupational groups arise, or the status of the occupations changes (e.g. from technical to artistic). This is the reason why statistical classifications are always history and they can not be open enough to the diversity of cultural life. This fact just has to be accepted but it does not have to be an obstacle for statistical work in this field. The occupation is considered a cultural occupation if it meets, at least to some extent, all of the following criteria:
- occupations involved in activities related to works of art and other cultural products, cultural performances, exhibitions, etc. (e.g. art, mass media, heritage);
- occupations which have a certain creative element;
- which are essential in defining and producing the contents of the works of art, performances, etc. of the given field.
Final report of the LEG on cultural statistics in the EU, Eurostat Working Papers, 2000 Edition