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Resident workers - Occupations of employment

There are more resident workers (Public Administration and Safety) Clerical and Administrative Workers 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.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 and 2016 – by usual residence

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Resident workers occupations
Cairns 20162011Change
Occupations (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2011 - 2016
Managers5749.910.45589.79.8+16
Professionals1,15419.921.71,00617.520.8+148
Technicians and Trades Workers63310.98.069712.17.6-64
Community and Personal Service Workers1,24821.522.51,24321.621.4+5
Clerical and Administrative Workers1,57927.226.71,57927.427.8--
Sales Workers330.60.6460.80.7-13
Machinery Operators And Drivers1152.03.21172.03.3-2
Labourers3466.05.23616.35.8-15
Inadequately described or not stated1172.01.71562.72.8-39
Total Persons5,799100.0100.05,763100.0100.0+36

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

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Dominant groups

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

  • Clerical and Administrative Workers (1,579 people or 27.2%)
  • Community and Personal Service Workers (1,248 people or 21.5%)
  • Professionals (1,154 people or 19.9%)

In combination these three occupations accounted for 3,981 people in total or 68.6% of the resident workers (Public Administration and Safety).

In comparison, Queensland employed 26.7% in Clerical and Administrative Workers; 22.5% in Community and Personal Service Workers and 21.7% in Professionals.

The major differences between the jobs held by the resident workers (Public Administration and Safety) of Cairns and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Public Administration and Safety) employed as Technicians and Trades Workers (10.9% compared to 8.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Public Administration and Safety) employed as Professionals (19.9% compared to 21.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Public Administration and Safety) employed as Machinery Operators And Drivers (2.0% compared to 3.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Public Administration and Safety) employed as Community and Personal Service Workers (21.5% compared to 22.5%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (Public Administration and Safety) in Cairns increased by 36 between 2011 and 2016.

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

  • Professionals (+148 persons)
  • Technicians and Trades Workers (-64 persons)
  • Inadequately described or not stated (-39 persons)
  • Managers (+16 persons)

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