Occupations are a key component in evaluating the knowledge, experience and skill-levels that industry can draw upon locally. It should be viewed with other indicators, such as Age structure, Qualifications, and Income for a comprehensive analysis of the City of Adelaide's local resident workers.
When comparing the occupations of local resident workers with local workers, Occupation data indicates whether an economy draws on the skills offered by its own residents or relies on a different set of skills imported from elsewhere in the region.
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 and 2021 – by usual residence
|Resident workers occupations|
|City of Adelaide||2021||2016||Change|
|Occupations (Click rows to view sub-categories)||Number||%||South Australia||Number||%||South Australia||2016 - 2021|
|Technicians and Trades Workers||1,000||7.9||13.2||677||7.3||13.4||+323|
|Community and Personal Service Workers||1,687||13.3||13.0||1,140||12.3||12.0||+547|
|Clerical and Administrative Workers||1,478||11.7||12.5||1,091||11.8||13.3||+387|
|Machinery Operators And Drivers||236||1.9||6.0||151||1.6||6.1||+85|
|Inadequately described or not stated||195||1.5||1.8||138||1.5||1.5||+57|
An analysis of the jobs held by the resident workers in the City of Adelaide in 2021shows the three most popular occupations were:
- Professionals (4,736 people or 37.4%)
- Managers (1,728 people or 13.7%)
- Community and Personal Service Workers (1,687 people or 13.3%)
In combination these three occupations accounted for 8,151 people in total or 64.4% of the resident workers (All industries).
In comparison, South Australia employed 21.5% in Professionals; 13.0% in Managers and 13.0% in Community and Personal Service Workers.
The major differences between the jobs held by the resident workers (All industries) of the City of Adelaide and South Australia were:
- A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) employed as Professionals (37.4% compared to 21.5%)
- A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) employed as Technicians and Trades Workers (7.9% compared to 13.2%)
- A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) employed as Labourers (5.7% compared to 10.5%)
- A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) employed as Machinery Operators And Drivers (1.9% compared to 6.0%)
The number of resident workers (All industries) in the City of Adelaide increased by 3,379 between 2016 and 2021.
The largest change in the occupations of the resident workers between 2016 and 2021 in the City of Adelaide were those employed as:
- Professionals (+1,222 persons)
- Community and Personal Service Workers (+547 persons)
- Clerical and Administrative Workers (+387 persons)
- Managers (+353 persons)