Learn about the types of people who become actors. This page goes into detail about the employment, gender, and ethnic ratios of the workplace.


Employment Type Mix, 2024

23% of actors work in full-time roles while 77% work part-time.


Gender Mix By Career Interest, 2024

This graph shows the distribution of females and males that are interested in becoming an actor. Four or five star ratings on CareerExplorer indicate interest.

More men than women are interested in becoming actors at a ratio of 1.00 to 1.


Actual Gender Mix, 2024

65% of actors are female and 35% are male.


Gender Bias, 2024

This is one of the most compelling statistics we collect. Gender bias shows the difference between gender interest in being an actor and the actual gender mix of people in the career.

If there is a significant difference, then it means there is a gender imbalance between those interested in becoming an actor and those who end up becoming one.

In this case there are more men interested in becoming an actor than those actually working as one. It is hard to pinpoint the exact reasons why, but there are likely various forces at play, from changing interests over time to societal norms and biases.


Ethnic Mix, 2019

The largest ethnic group of actors are White, making up 58% of the population. The next highest segments are Black or African American and Other, making up 11% and 10% respectively.