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Local workers - Occupations - All industries

Within the Canberra Region, the workforce has a similar proportion of Managers and Professionals compared to NSW.

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 Canberra Region will be influenced by factors including:

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

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 – by place of work

Please note: Currently only 2016 data are available for work destination. 2011 data are not comparable due to a change in methodology in 2016 which “imputed” a work destination to those workers who didn’t state their work destination. This means comparisons with earlier years should not be made. .id are currently sourcing data collected under the same methodology in 2011 which will be added to this page at a later date. For a detailed case study of this issue please visit our blog post.

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Local workers occupations
Canberra Region - All industries2016
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Number%NSW %
Technicians and Trades Workers10,35114.112.7
Community and Personal Service Workers9,48413.010.4
Clerical and Administrative Workers8,65111.813.8
Sales Workers7,55810.39.2
Machinery Operators And Drivers4,6706.46.1
Inadequately described or not stated1,2061.61.8

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

Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the in Canberra Region in 2016 shows the three most popular occupations were:

  • Managers (11,634 local workers or 15.9%)
  • Professionals (11,037 local workers or 15.1%)
  • Technicians and Trades Workers (10,351 local workers or 14.1%)

In combination these three occupations accounted for 33,022 people in total or 45.1% of the local workers .

In comparison, NSW employed 13.5% as Managers; 23.6% as Professionals; and 12.7% as Technicians and Trades Workers.

The major differences between the jobs held by the in the Canberra Region and NSW were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed as Labourers (11.7% compared to 8.8%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed as Community and Personal Service Workers (13.0% compared to 10.4%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed as Managers (15.9% compared to 13.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed as Professionals (15.1% compared to 23.6%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by the in the Canberra Region between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Managers (+11,634 local workers)
  • Professionals (+11,037 local workers)
  • Technicians and Trades Workers (+10,351 local workers)
  • Community and Personal Service Workers (+9,484 local workers)

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