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Canberra Region

Local workers - Occupations - All industries

In the Canberra Region, 15.6% of workers were Managers, compared to 23.6% in 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 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.

For a complete local workers analysis for the Canberra Region, view Occupations in conjunction with other indicators, such as Educational qualifications and Income.

Data source

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, the Canberra Region 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
Canberra Region - All industries 20162011Change
Occupations (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. NSWNumber%. NSW2011 - 2016
Managers15,13515.613.515,13916.013.3-4
Professionals15,01315.523.614,41315.322.7+600
Technicians and Trades Workers13,91614.312.713,74314.613.2+173
Community and Personal Service Workers12,21312.610.411,18711.89.5+1,026
Clerical and Administrative Workers11,30311.713.811,45512.115.0-152
Sales Workers9,96110.39.29,62710.29.3+334
Machinery Operators And Drivers6,4386.66.16,4486.86.4-10
Labourers11,42511.88.810,91111.68.7+514
Inadequately described or not stated1,5891.61.81,5041.61.8+85
Total Persons96,993100.0100.094,427100.0100.0+2,566

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 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%)

Emerging groups

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)

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