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 the Canberra Region will be influenced by factors including:
- The economic base and employment opportunities available in the 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.
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work
|Local workers occupations|
|Canberra Region - All industries||2016||2011||Change|
|Occupations (Click rows to view sub-categories)||Number||%||NSW||Number||%||NSW||2011 - 2016|
|Technicians and Trades Workers||13,916||14.3||12.7||13,743||14.6||13.2||+173|
|Community and Personal Service Workers||12,213||12.6||10.4||11,187||11.8||9.5||+1,026|
|Clerical and Administrative Workers||11,303||11.7||13.8||11,455||12.1||15.0||-152|
|Machinery Operators And Drivers||6,438||6.6||6.1||6,448||6.8||6.4||-10|
|Inadequately described or not stated||1,589||1.6||1.8||1,504||1.6||1.8||+85|
Please refer to specific data notes for more information
An analysis of the jobs held by the All industries workforce in the Canberra Region in 2016 shows the three most popular occupations were:
- Managers (15,135 local workers or 15.6%)
- Professionals (15,013 local workers or 15.5%)
- Technicians and Trades Workers (13,916 local workers or 14.3%)
In combination these three occupations accounted for 44,064 people in total or 45.4% of the All industries 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 workforce in the Canberra Region and NSW were:
- A smaller percentage of local workers employed as Professionals (15.5% compared to 23.6%)
- A larger percentage of local workers employed as Labourers (11.8% compared to 8.8%)
- A larger percentage of local workers employed as Community and Personal Service Workers (12.6% compared to 10.4%)
- A smaller percentage of local workers employed as Clerical and Administrative Workers (11.7% compared to 13.8%)
The largest changes in the jobs held by the workforce in the Canberra Region between 2011 and 2016 were those employed as:
- Community and Personal Service Workers (+1,026 local workers)
- Professionals (+600 local workers)
- Labourers (+514 local workers)
- Sales Workers (+334 local workers)