Sunshine Coast

Resident workers - Key statistics - All industries

64,144 people or 40.0% of Sunshine Coast'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 2016 and 2021 – by usual residence

Current industry:
Current benchmark:
Resident workers key statistics - All industries
Sunshine Coast20212016change
Namenumber%. % Queenslandnumber%. % Queensland2016 to 2021
Resident workers
Total Resident workers (Census)160,291100.0100.0129,638100.0100.0+30,653
Age structure
15 - 24 years24,48415.315.519,20314.815.6+5,281
25 - 54 years99,86962.364.582,90464.065.6+16,965
55 - 64 years27,71217.315.321,86516.914.8+5,847
65 years and over8,2335.14.75,6704.44.0+2,563
Top three industries
Health care and social assistance28,81418.015.419,40615.013.0+9,408
Retail trade15,6979.89.314,17610.99.9+1,521
Top three occupations
Technicians and trades workers24,29015.213.720,97616.214.3+3,314
Community and personal service workers21,52513.412.315,68012.111.3+5,845
Hours worked
Full time83,98752.459.073,27956.562.4+10,708
Part time73,62345.939.254,15741.835.8+19,466
Bachelor or higher degree43,83927.329.428,96622.325.1+14,873
Advanced diploma or diploma20,30512.711.315,85212.210.9+4,453
Certificate level46,51329.026.538,35429.626.4+8,159
No qualifications46,11028.830.643,06633.235.0+3,044
Individual Income
Less than $50023,27214.513.1--------
$500 -$1,999110,31168.868.1--------
$2,000 or more25,00215.617.8--------
Method of Travel to Work
Public Transport2,0801.34.13,0132.37.0-933
Walked only3,1712.02.63,2412.53.3-70
Other Characteristics
Born overseas39,02824.327.829,22822.525.8+9,800
Speaks a language other than English at home11,3957.114.47,0075.412.3+4,388
Arrived between 2016 and August 20215,6203.54.4--------

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