RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Resident workers - Occupations of employment

There are more resident workers (Education and Training) Professionals in the RDA Darling Downs and South West 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 RDA Darling Downs and South West 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
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region 20162011Change
Occupations (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2011 - 2016
Managers7556.57.46986.86.9+57
Professionals6,27254.055.45,66955.458.2+603
Technicians and Trades Workers4273.73.13583.53.3+69
Community and Personal Service Workers2,24019.318.71,76117.215.7+479
Clerical and Administrative Workers1,16810.110.11,09010.610.5+78
Sales Workers270.20.4210.20.3+6
Machinery Operators And Drivers250.20.3240.20.3+1
Labourers6645.74.15675.54.2+97
Inadequately described or not stated340.30.5530.50.6-19
Total Persons11,612100.0100.010,241100.0100.0+1,371

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 resident workers in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2016 shows the three most popular occupations were:

  • Professionals (6,272 people or 54.0%)
  • Community and Personal Service Workers (2,240 people or 19.3%)
  • Clerical and Administrative Workers (1,168 people or 10.1%)

In combination these three occupations accounted for 9,680 people in total or 83.4% of the resident workers (Education and Training).

In comparison, Queensland employed 55.4% in Professionals; 18.7% in Community and Personal Service Workers and 10.1% in Clerical and Administrative Workers.

The major differences between the jobs held by the resident workers (Education and Training) of the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Education and Training) employed as Labourers (5.7% compared to 4.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Education and Training) employed as Professionals (54.0% compared to 55.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Education and Training) employed as Managers (6.5% compared to 7.4%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Education and Training) employed as Community and Personal Service Workers (19.3% compared to 18.7%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (Education and Training) in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region increased by 1,371 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest change in the occupations of the resident workers between 2011 and 2016 in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region were those employed as:

  • Professionals (+603 persons)
  • Community and Personal Service Workers (+479 persons)
  • Labourers (+97 persons)
  • Clerical and Administrative Workers (+78 persons)

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