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Resident workers - Occupations of employment

There are more resident workers professionals in Cairns than any other occupation.

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 Cairns'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 2011 and 2016 – by usual residence

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Resident workers occupations
Cairns 20162011Change
Occupations
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Number%Queensland%Number%Queensland%2011 to 2016
Managers7,92910.912.17,76611.212.0+163
Professionals13,93619.219.812,28317.718.9+1,653
Technicians and Trades Workers10,82615.014.310,98715.914.9-161
Community and Personal Service Workers9,95113.711.38,37912.110.0+1,572
Clerical and Administrative Workers9,54513.213.610,01814.514.7-473
Sales Workers7,76710.79.77,57110.99.8+196
Machinery Operators And Drivers4,0875.66.94,0695.97.3+18
Labourers7,1389.910.56,8589.910.6+280
Inadequately described or not stated1,2321.71.61,2771.81.8-45

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

Resident workers occupations, 2016
Resident workers occupations, 2016 Managers, Queensland : 12.1% Professionals, Queensland : 19.8% Technicians and Trades Workers, Queensland : 14.3% Community and Personal Service Workers, Queensland : 11.3% Clerical and Administrative Workers, Queensland : 13.6% Sales Workers, Queensland : 9.7% Machinery Operators And Drivers, Queensland : 6.9% Labourers, Queensland : 10.5% Inadequately described or not stated, Queensland : 1.6% Managers, Cairns - All industries: 10.9% Professionals, Cairns - All industries: 19.2% Technicians and Trades Workers, Cairns - All industries: 15.0% Community and Personal Service Workers, Cairns - All industries: 13.7% Clerical and Administrative Workers, Cairns - All industries: 13.2% Sales Workers, Cairns - All industries: 10.7% Machinery Operators And Drivers, Cairns - All industries: 5.6% Labourers, Cairns - All industries: 9.9% Inadequately described or not stated, Cairns - All industries: 1.7%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in resident workers occupations, 2011 to 2016
Change in resident workers occupations, 2011 to 2016 Managers, Cairns - All industries: +163 Professionals, Cairns - All industries: +1,653 Technicians and Trades Workers, Cairns - All industries: -161 Community and Personal Service Workers, Cairns - All industries: +1,572 Clerical and Administrative Workers, Cairns - All industries: -473 Sales Workers, Cairns - All industries: +196 Machinery Operators And Drivers, Cairns - All industries: +18 Labourers, Cairns - All industries: +280 Inadequately described or not stated, Cairns - All industries: -45
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the resident workers in Cairns in 2016 shows the three most popular occupations were:

  • Professionals (13,936 people or 19.2%)
  • Technicians and Trades Workers (10,826 people or 15.0%)
  • Community and Personal Service Workers (9,951 people or 13.7%)

In combination these three occupations accounted for 34,713 people in total or 47.9% of the resident workers .

In comparison, Queensland employed 19.8% in Professionals; 14.3% in Technicians and Trades Workers; and 11.3% in Community and Personal Service Workers.

The major differences between the jobs held by the resident workers of Cairns and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers employed as Community and Personal Service Workers (13.7% compared to 11.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers employed as Machinery Operators And Drivers (5.6% compared to 6.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers employed as Managers (10.9% compared to 12.1%)

Emerging groups

The number of people in the resident workers ] in Cairns increased by 3,203 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest changes in the occupations of the resident workers between 2011 and 2016 in Cairns were for those employed as:

  • Professionals (+1,653 people)
  • Community and Personal Service Workers (+1,572 people)
  • Clerical and Administrative Workers (-473 people)
  • Labourers (+280 people)

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