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 workers in the City of Brisbane will be influenced by factors including:
- The economic base and employment opportunities available in the City of Brisbane;
- The age of the workforce;
- The skill and qualification level required to enter an industry; and
- The working and social aspirations of the population.
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 & 2021 – by place of work
|Local workers occupations|
|City of Brisbane - All industries||2021||2016||Change|
|Occupations (Click rows to view sub-categories)||Number||%||Queensland||Number||%||Queensland||2016 - 2021|
|Technicians and Trades Workers||84,322||10.4||13.7||78,413||11.0||14.2||+5,909|
|Community and Personal Service Workers||83,810||10.3||12.4||72,107||10.1||11.4||+11,703|
|Clerical and Administrative Workers||122,480||15.0||12.7||117,973||16.5||13.7||+4,507|
|Machinery Operators And Drivers||45,351||5.6||6.8||40,031||5.6||6.9||+5,320|
|Inadequately described or not stated||14,298||1.8||1.9||11,573||1.6||1.6||+2,725|
Please refer to specific data notes for more information
An analysis of the jobs held by the All industries workforce in the City of Brisbane in 2021shows the three most popular occupations were:
- Professionals (234,903 local workers or 28.9%)
- Clerical and Administrative Workers (122,480 local workers or 15.0%)
- Managers (112,535 local workers or 13.8%)
In combination these three occupations accounted for 469,918 people in total or 57.7% of the All industries local workers.
In comparison, Queensland employed 21.4% as Professionals; 12.7% as Clerical and Administrative Workers and 12.4% as Managers.
The major differences between the jobs held by the workforce in the City of Brisbane and Queensland were:
- A larger percentage of local workers employed as Professionals (28.9% compared to 21.4%)
- A smaller percentage of local workers employed as Technicians and Trades Workers (10.4% compared to 13.7%)
- A smaller percentage of local workers employed as Labourers (7.0% compared to 10.1%)
- A larger percentage of local workers employed as Clerical and Administrative Workers (15.0% compared to 12.7%)
The largest changes in the jobs held by the workforce in the City of Brisbane between2016 and 2021 were those employed as:
- Professionals (+45,130 local workers)
- Managers (+20,730 local workers)
- Community and Personal Service Workers (+11,703 local workers)
- Technicians and Trades Workers (+5,909 local workers)