Women with a degree more likely to play sport

WOMEN with a degree were more likely to play sport than those who did not complete school, data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics has revealed.

Analysis of Census data from 2006 to 2011 of women's Australian education and sport participation was released last week.

The data showed 80% of women with a post-graduate degree had participated in sport or physical recreation in the past year.

That compared with just 62% of women who only finished Year 11 in high school.

Only 46% of women living in the lowest household income bracket participated in sport, compared to 80% of those in the highest bracket.

However, the analysis showed more women were working in the sports sector now than ever.

It revealed the number of women employed in sports and physical recreation occupations rose 31% from 2006 to 2011.

Women playing in sport, by income:

Lowest income quintile: 46.1% played sport

Second quintile: 55.2%

Third quintile: 67.4%

Fourth quintile: 72.3%

Highest quintile: 80.6%

Source: ABS. Quintile equals household incomes divided into five brackets.

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