Local workers - Occupations - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
Within Cairns, the Professional, Scientific and Technical Services 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 workers 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.
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.
|Local workers occupations|
|Cairns - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services||2016||2011||Change|
|Occupations (Click rows to view sub-categories)||Number||%||Queensland %||Number||%||Queensland %||2011 to 2016|
|Technicians and Trades Workers||414||12.7||11.2||397||11.9||11.4||+17||27000||P|
|Community and Personal Service Workers||16||0.5||0.4||15||0.4||0.4||+1||28000||P|
|Clerical and Administrative Workers||827||25.3||21.3||959||28.7||23.9||-132||29000||P|
|Machinery Operators And Drivers||9||0.3||0.6||13||0.4||0.6||-4||31000||P|
|Inadequately described or not stated||14||0.4||0.8||22||0.7||1.4||-8||33000||P|
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing (opens a new window) 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id (opens a new window), the population experts.
An analysis of the jobs held by the Professional, Scientific and Technical Services workforce in Cairns in 2016 shows the three most popular occupations were:
- Professionals (1,660 local workers or 50.8%)
- Clerical and Administrative Workers (827 local workers or 25.3%)
- Technicians and Trades Workers (414 local workers or 12.7%)
In combination these three occupations accounted for 2,901 people in total or 88.7% of the Professional, Scientific and Technical Services local workers .
In comparison, Queensland employed 51.4% as Professionals; 21.3% as Clerical and Administrative Workers; and 11.2% as Technicians and Trades Workers.
The major differences between the jobs held by the Professional, Scientific and Technical Services workforce in Cairns and Queensland were:
- A larger percentage of local workers employed as Clerical and Administrative Workers (25.3% compared to 21.3%)
- A larger percentage of local workers employed as Technicians and Trades Workers (12.7% compared to 11.2%)
- A smaller percentage of local workers employed as Managers (7.2% compared to 10.8%)
The largest changes in the jobs held by the Professional, Scientific and Technical Services in Cairns workforce between 2011 and 2016 were:
- Clerical and Administrative Workers (-132 local workers)
- Professionals (+57 local workers)
- Technicians and Trades Workers (+17 local workers)
- Labourers (-16 local workers)