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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.

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 - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services20162011Change
Occupations
(Click rows to view sub-categories)
Number%Queensland %Number%Queensland %2011 to 2016
Managers2377.210.82367.19.6+1
Professionals1,66050.851.41,60347.949.6+57
Technicians and Trades Workers41412.711.239711.911.4+17
Community and Personal Service Workers160.50.4150.40.4+1
Clerical and Administrative Workers82725.321.395928.723.9-132
Sales Workers551.71.8461.41.8+9
Machinery Operators And Drivers90.30.6130.40.6-4
Labourers381.21.6541.61.5-16
Inadequately described or not stated140.40.8220.71.4-8

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: 10.8% Professionals, Queensland: 51.4% Technicians and Trades Workers, Queensland: 11.2% Community and Personal Service Workers, Queensland: 0.4% Clerical and Administrative Workers, Queensland: 21.3% Sales Workers, Queensland: 1.8% Machinery Operators And Drivers, Queensland: 0.6% Labourers, Queensland: 1.6% Inadequately described or not stated, Queensland: 0.8% Managers, Cairns: 7.2% Professionals, Cairns: 50.8% Technicians and Trades Workers, Cairns: 12.7% Community and Personal Service Workers, Cairns: 0.5% Clerical and Administrative Workers, Cairns: 25.3% Sales Workers, Cairns: 1.7% Machinery Operators And Drivers, Cairns: 0.3% Labourers, Cairns: 1.2% Inadequately described or not stated, Cairns: 0.4%
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 - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services: +1 Professionals, Cairns - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services: +57 Technicians and Trades Workers, Cairns - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services: +17 Community and Personal Service Workers, Cairns - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services: +1 Clerical and Administrative Workers, Cairns - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services: -132 Sales Workers, Cairns - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services: +9 Machinery Operators And Drivers, Cairns - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services: -4 Labourers, Cairns - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services: -16 Inadequately described or not stated, Cairns - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services: -8
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 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%)

Emerging groups

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)

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