RDA Sunshine Coast Region

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Sunshine Coast Council area

Resident workers - Key statistics - All industries

44,818 people or 34.6% of the Sunshine Coast Council area's resident workers (All industries) have a tertiary qualification.

The local resident workers include all employed people who are resident in the local area regardless of where they work. In other words, it is the people who live locally and therefore have the potential to work locally and is an important resource for the local economy. Their characteristics inform us about the skills that are available locally, even if they are not currently employed in the local economy.

Access the detailed tables for further exploration of each characteristic.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 and 2016 – by usual residence

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Resident workers key statistics - All industries
Sunshine Coast Council area20162011change
Namenumber%. % Queenslandnumber%. % Queensland2011 to 2016
Local workers
Total local workers (Census)129,638100.0100.0114,335100.0100.0+15,303
Males65,63050.652.058,81151.453.0+6,819
Females64,01049.448.055,52548.647.0+8,485
Age structure
15 - 24 years19,20314.815.617,30015.116.5+1,903
25 - 54 years82,90464.065.675,10465.766.4+7,800
55 - 64 years21,86516.914.818,20215.914.0+3,663
65 years and over5,6704.44.03,7283.33.1+1,942
Top three industries
Health care and social assistance19,40615.013.015,46713.511.9+3,939
Construction15,76212.29.013,45111.89.0+2,311
Retail trade14,17610.99.914,38712.610.7-211
Top three occupations
Professionals24,81119.119.820,59718.018.9+4,214
Technicians and trades workers20,97616.214.318,59716.314.9+2,379
Clerical and administrative workers16,73812.913.615,83913.914.7+899
Hours worked
Full time73,27956.562.465,16057.063.9+8,119
Part time54,15741.835.846,89941.033.9+7,258
Qualifications
Bachelor or higher degree28,96622.325.121,44918.821.5+7,517
Advanced diploma or diploma15,85212.210.912,15910.69.3+3,693
Certificate level38,35429.626.431,97528.024.8+6,379
No qualifications43,06633.235.044,20738.740.6-1,141
Individual Income
Less than $50026,17020.217.7--------
$500 -$1,74982,83063.963.8--------
$1,750 or more18,50114.317.0--------
Method of Travel to Work
Car94,16472.669.380,84470.767.4+13,320
Public Transport3,0132.37.02,5332.27.5+480
Bicycle9760.81.08520.71.1+124
Walked only3,2412.53.33,5793.13.7-338
Other Characteristics
Born overseas29,22822.525.824,52221.423.7+4,706
Speaks a language other than English at home7,0075.412.34,4633.99.6+2,544
Arrived between 2011 and 9th August 20164,3653.44.7--------

RDA Sunshine Coast Region

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