City of Darwin

Resident workers - Occupations of employment

There are more resident workers (All industries) Professionals in City of Darwin 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 City of Darwin'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
City of Darwin 20162011Change
Occupations (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. Northern TerritoryNumber%. Northern Territory2011 - 2016
Managers5,49213.112.25,04313.012.0+449
Professionals9,89823.520.19,13323.619.9+765
Technicians and Trades Workers6,25814.915.85,70114.715.1+557
Community and Personal Service Workers5,14012.213.84,62911.913.4+511
Clerical and Administrative Workers5,81613.813.76,11315.814.7-297
Sales Workers3,1217.46.82,8917.56.8+230
Machinery Operators And Drivers1,9374.65.71,8434.86.1+94
Labourers3,5758.59.42,7767.29.6+799
Inadequately described or not stated8352.02.56481.72.4+187
Total Persons42,072100.0100.038,777100.0100.0+3,295

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 City of Darwin in 2016 shows the three most popular occupations were:

  • Professionals (9,898 people or 23.5%)
  • Technicians and Trades Workers (6,258 people or 14.9%)
  • Clerical and Administrative Workers (5,816 people or 13.8%)

In combination these three occupations accounted for 21,972 people in total or 52.2% of the resident workers (All industries).

In comparison, Northern Territory employed 20.1% in Professionals; 15.8% in Technicians and Trades Workers and 13.7% in Clerical and Administrative Workers.

The major differences between the jobs held by the resident workers (All industries) of City of Darwin and Northern Territory were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) employed as Professionals (23.5% compared to 20.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) employed as Community and Personal Service Workers (12.2% compared to 13.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) employed as Machinery Operators And Drivers (4.6% compared to 5.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) employed as Labourers (8.5% compared to 9.4%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (All industries) in City of Darwin increased by 3,295 between 2011 and 2016.

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

  • Labourers (+799 persons)
  • Professionals (+765 persons)
  • Technicians and Trades Workers (+557 persons)
  • Community and Personal Service Workers (+511 persons)

City of Darwin

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