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Local workers - Occupations - All industries

Within Cairns, the workforce has a similar proportion of Managers and Professionals compared to Queensland.

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 Cairns will be influenced by factors including:

  • The economic base and employment opportunities available in Cairns;
  • 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 Cairns, view Occupations in conjunction with other indicators, such as Educational qualifications and Income.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work

Please note – The 2016 Census used a new methodology to “impute” a work location to people who didn’t state their workplace address. As a result, 2016 and 2011 place of work data are not normally comparable. To allow comparison between 2011 and 2016, .id has sourced a 2011 dataset from the ABS which was experimentally imputed using the same methodology. To provide this detail, Cairns in 2011 had to be constructed from a best fit of Work Destination Zones (DZNs). While it may not be an exact match to the LGA or region boundary, it is considered close enough to allow some comparison. Users should treat this time series data with caution, however, and not compare directly with 2011 data from any other source.

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Local workers occupations
Cairns - All industries20162011Change
Occupations
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Number%Queensland %Number%Queensland %2011 to 2016
Managers7,58911.212.17,46311.612.0+126
Professionals13,37619.819.911,88118.518.9+1,495
Technicians and Trades Workers9,17513.614.29,23014.414.9-55
Community and Personal Service Workers9,41714.011.47,98812.410.0+1,429
Clerical and Administrative Workers9,42314.013.79,84915.314.7-426
Sales Workers7,63511.39.77,37411.59.8+261
Machinery Operators And Drivers3,3945.06.93,3795.37.3+15
Labourers6,3559.410.65,9869.310.6+369
Inadequately described or not stated1,1011.61.61,1541.81.8-53

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

Local workers occupations, 2016
Local workers occupations, 2016 Managers, Queensland: 12.1% Professionals, Queensland: 19.9% Technicians and Trades Workers, Queensland: 14.2% Community and Personal Service Workers, Queensland: 11.4% Clerical and Administrative Workers, Queensland: 13.7% Sales Workers, Queensland: 9.7% Machinery Operators And Drivers, Queensland: 6.9% Labourers, Queensland: 10.6% Inadequately described or not stated, Queensland: 1.6% Managers, Cairns: 11.2% Professionals, Cairns: 19.8% Technicians and Trades Workers, Cairns: 13.6% Community and Personal Service Workers, Cairns: 14.0% Clerical and Administrative Workers, Cairns: 14.0% Sales Workers, Cairns: 11.3% Machinery Operators And Drivers, Cairns: 5.0% Labourers, Cairns: 9.4% Inadequately described or not stated, Cairns: 1.6%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in local workers occupations, 2011 to 2016
Change in local workers occupations, 2011 to 2016 Managers, Cairns - All industries: +126 Professionals, Cairns - All industries: +1,495 Technicians and Trades Workers, Cairns - All industries: -55 Community and Personal Service Workers, Cairns - All industries: +1,429 Clerical and Administrative Workers, Cairns - All industries: -426 Sales Workers, Cairns - All industries: +261 Machinery Operators And Drivers, Cairns - All industries: +15 Labourers, Cairns - All industries: +369 Inadequately described or not stated, Cairns - All industries: -53
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 workforce in Cairns in 2016 shows the three most popular occupations were:

  • Professionals (13,376 local workers or 19.8%)
  • Clerical and Administrative Workers (9,423 local workers or 14.0%)
  • Community and Personal Service Workers (9,417 local workers or 14.0%)

In combination these three occupations accounted for 32,216 people in total or 47.7% of the local workers .

In comparison, Queensland employed 19.9% as Professionals; 13.7% as Clerical and Administrative Workers; and 11.4% as Community and Personal Service Workers.

The major differences between the jobs held by the workforce in Cairns and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed as Community and Personal Service Workers (14.0% compared to 11.4%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed as Sales Workers (11.3% compared to 9.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed as Machinery Operators And Drivers (5.0% compared to 6.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed as Labourers (9.4% compared to 10.6%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by the in Cairns workforce between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Professionals (+1,495 local workers)
  • Community and Personal Service Workers (+1,429 local workers)
  • Clerical and Administrative Workers (-426 local workers)
  • Labourers (+369 local workers)

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