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Resident workers - Occupations of employment

There are more resident workers (All industries) Professionals in the Canberra Region than any other occupation.

Occupations are a key component in evaluating the knowledge, experience and skill-levels that industry can draw upon locally. It should be viewed with other indicators, such as Age structure, Qualifications, and Income for a comprehensive analysis of the Canberra Region's local resident workers.

When comparing the occupations of local resident workers with local workers, Occupation data indicates whether an economy draws on the skills offered by its own residents or relies on a different set of skills imported from elsewhere in the region.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 and 2016 – by usual residence

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Resident workers occupations
Canberra Region 20162011Change
Occupations (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. NSWNumber%. NSW2011 - 2016
Managers19,58015.813.519,07615.913.3+504
Professionals21,18617.123.620,44917.022.7+737
Technicians and Trades Workers17,98514.512.717,82014.813.2+165
Community and Personal Service Workers14,26111.510.412,79410.69.5+1,467
Clerical and Administrative Workers16,41413.213.816,61013.815.1-196
Sales Workers11,2789.19.210,7368.99.3+542
Machinery Operators And Drivers7,5396.16.17,5596.36.4-20
Labourers13,39310.88.812,81810.78.7+575
Inadequately described or not stated2,2771.81.82,2791.91.8-2
Total Persons123,913100.0100.0120,141100.0100.0+3,772

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions)

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Dominant groups

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

  • Professionals (21,186 people or 17.1%)
  • Managers (19,580 people or 15.8%)
  • Technicians and Trades Workers (17,985 people or 14.5%)

In combination these three occupations accounted for 58,751 people in total or 47.4% of the resident workers (All industries).

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

The major differences between the jobs held by the resident workers (All industries) of the Canberra Region and NSW were:

  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) employed as Professionals (17.1% compared to 23.6%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) employed as Managers (15.8% compared to 13.5%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) employed as Labourers (10.8% compared to 8.8%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) employed as Technicians and Trades Workers (14.5% compared to 12.7%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (All industries) in the Canberra Region increased by 3,772 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest change in the occupations of the resident workers between 2011 and 2016 in the Canberra Region were those employed as:

  • Community and Personal Service Workers (+1,467 persons)
  • Professionals (+737 persons)
  • Labourers (+575 persons)
  • Sales Workers (+542 persons)

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