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Western Downs Regional Council area

Resident workers - Occupations of employment

There are more resident workers (All industries) Managers in the Western Downs Regional Council area 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 Western Downs Regional Council area'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
Western Downs Regional Council area 20162011Change
Occupations (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2011 - 2016
Managers2,81419.512.13,07421.212.0-260
Professionals1,65211.519.81,59411.018.9+58
Technicians and Trades Workers2,32016.114.32,19315.114.9+127
Community and Personal Service Workers1,1848.211.31,0947.510.0+90
Clerical and Administrative Workers1,61811.213.61,66811.514.7-50
Sales Workers1,1748.19.71,0937.59.8+81
Machinery Operators And Drivers1,46110.16.91,61211.17.3-151
Labourers1,96513.610.51,96313.510.6+2
Inadequately described or not stated2281.61.62411.71.8-13
Total Persons14,416100.0100.014,532100.0100.0-116

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 Western Downs Regional Council area in 2016 shows the three most popular occupations were:

  • Managers (2,814 people or 19.5%)
  • Technicians and Trades Workers (2,320 people or 16.1%)
  • Labourers (1,965 people or 13.6%)

In combination these three occupations accounted for 7,099 people in total or 49.2% of the resident workers (All industries).

In comparison, Queensland employed 12.1% in Managers; 14.3% in Technicians and Trades Workers and 10.5% in Labourers.

The major differences between the jobs held by the resident workers (All industries) of the Western Downs Regional Council area and Queensland were:

  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) employed as Professionals (11.5% compared to 19.8%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) employed as Managers (19.5% compared to 12.1%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) employed as Machinery Operators And Drivers (10.1% compared to 6.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) employed as Community and Personal Service Workers (8.2% compared to 11.3%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (All industries) in the Western Downs Regional Council area decreased by 116 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest change in the occupations of the resident workers between 2011 and 2016 in the Western Downs Regional Council area were those employed as:

  • Managers (-260 persons)
  • Machinery Operators And Drivers (-151 persons)
  • Technicians and Trades Workers (+127 persons)
  • Community and Personal Service Workers (+90 persons)

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