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Local workers - Occupations - All industries

In Gold Coast City, 18.4% of workers were Professionals, compared to 19.9% in Queensland.

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 Gold Coast City will be influenced by factors including:

  • The economic base and employment opportunities available in Gold Coast City;
  • 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 Gold Coast City, 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, Gold Coast City 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
Gold Coast City - All industries 20162011Change
Occupations (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2011 - 2016
Technicians and Trades Workers32,11013.614.228,51514.014.9+3,595
Community and Personal Service Workers29,06212.311.422,89811.210.0+6,164
Clerical and Administrative Workers33,17214.113.730,86815.214.7+2,304
Sales Workers29,71612.69.727,30413.49.8+2,412
Machinery Operators And Drivers12,5925.36.910,5255.27.3+2,067
Inadequately described or not stated3,9521.71.63,7371.81.8+215
Total Persons235,534100.0100.0203,710100.0100.0+31,824

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

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the All industries workforce in Gold Coast City in 2016 shows the three most popular occupations were:

  • Professionals (43,355 local workers or 18.4%)
  • Clerical and Administrative Workers (33,172 local workers or 14.1%)
  • Technicians and Trades Workers (32,110 local workers or 13.6%)

In combination these three occupations accounted for 108,637 people in total or 46.1% of the All industries local workers.

In comparison, Queensland employed 19.9% as Professionals; 13.7% as Clerical and Administrative Workers and 14.2% as Technicians and Trades Workers.

The major differences between the jobs held by the workforce in Gold Coast City and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed as Sales Workers (12.6% compared to 9.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed as Machinery Operators And Drivers (5.3% compared to 6.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed as Professionals (18.4% compared to 19.9%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed as Community and Personal Service Workers (12.3% compared to 11.4%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by the workforce in Gold Coast City between 2011 and 2016 were those employed as:

  • Professionals (+7,520 local workers)
  • Community and Personal Service Workers (+6,164 local workers)
  • Managers (+3,931 local workers)
  • Labourers (+3,616 local workers)

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