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Local workers - Occupations - All industries

Within the City of Adelaide, the workforce has a similar proportion of Managers and Professionals compared to South Australia.

Occupation is a key component for evaluating the socio-economic status of the local workers and the skills required to work in each industry sector.

The occupations of the local worers in City of Adelaide will be influenced by factors including:

  • The economic base and employment opportunities available in City of Adelaide;
  • The age of the workforce;
  • The skill and qualification level required to enter an industry; and
  • The working and social aspirations of the population.

For a complete local workers analysis for City of Adelaide, view Occupations in conjunction with other indicators, such as Educational qualifications and Income.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 – by place of work

Please note: Currently only 2016 data are available for work destination. 2011 data are not comparable due to a change in methodology in 2016 which “imputed” a work destination to those workers who didn’t state their work destination. This means comparisons with earlier years should not be made. .id are currently sourcing data collected under the same methodology in 2011 which will be added to this page at a later date. For a detailed case study of this issue please visit our blog post.

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Local workers occupations
City of Adelaide - All industries2016
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Number%South Australia %
Technicians and Trades Workers7,8156.613.4
Community and Personal Service Workers11,78210.012.0
Clerical and Administrative Workers27,03223.013.4
Sales Workers7,2966.29.6
Machinery Operators And Drivers1,1841.06.1
Inadequately described or not stated1,9801.71.5

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the in City of Adelaide in 2016 shows the three most popular occupations were:

  • Professionals (40,806 local workers or 34.7%)
  • Clerical and Administrative Workers (27,032 local workers or 23.0%)
  • Managers (14,570 local workers or 12.4%)

In combination these three occupations accounted for 82,408 people in total or 70.1% of the local workers .

In comparison, South Australia employed 20.2% as Professionals; 13.4% as Clerical and Administrative Workers; and 12.6% as Managers.

The major differences between the jobs held by the in the City of Adelaide and South Australia were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed as Professionals (34.7% compared to 20.2%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed as Clerical and Administrative Workers (23.0% compared to 13.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed as Technicians and Trades Workers (6.6% compared to 13.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed as Labourers (4.4% compared to 11.1%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by the in the City of Adelaide between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Professionals (+40,806 local workers)
  • Clerical and Administrative Workers (+27,032 local workers)
  • Managers (+14,570 local workers)
  • Community and Personal Service Workers (+11,782 local workers)

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