In Cairns, 19.8% of workers were Professionals, compared to 19.9% in 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
|Local workers occupations|
|Cairns - All industries||2016||2011||Change|
|Occupations (Click rows to view sub-categories)||Number||%||Queensland||Number||%||Queensland||2011 - 2016|
|Technicians and Trades Workers||9,175||13.6||14.2||9,230||14.4||14.9||-55|
|Community and Personal Service Workers||9,417||14.0||11.4||7,988||12.4||10.0||+1,429|
|Clerical and Administrative Workers||9,423||14.0||13.7||9,849||15.3||14.7||-426|
|Machinery Operators And Drivers||3,394||5.0||6.9||3,379||5.3||7.3||+15|
|Inadequately described or not stated||1,101||1.6||1.6||1,154||1.8||1.8||-53|
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An analysis of the jobs held by the All industries 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 All industries 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 smaller percentage of local workers employed as Machinery Operators And Drivers (5.0% compared to 6.9%)
- A larger percentage of local workers employed as Sales Workers (11.3% compared to 9.7%)
- A smaller percentage of local workers employed as Labourers (9.4% compared to 10.6%)
The largest changes in the jobs held by the workforce in Cairns between 2011 and 2016 were those employed as:
- 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)