Sunshine Coast

Resident workers - Occupations of employment

There are more resident workers (All industries) Professionals in Sunshine Coast 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 Sunshine Coast'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
Sunshine Coast 20162011Change
Occupations (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2011 - 2016
Technicians and Trades Workers20,97616.214.318,59716.314.9+2,379
Community and Personal Service Workers15,68012.111.312,31610.810.0+3,364
Clerical and Administrative Workers16,73812.913.615,83913.914.7+899
Sales Workers14,42711.19.713,23211.69.8+1,195
Machinery Operators And Drivers6,5465.06.96,1665.47.3+380
Inadequately described or not stated1,9441.51.61,7861.61.8+158
Total Persons129,637100.0100.0114,330100.0100.0+15,307

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions)

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the resident workers in Sunshine Coast in 2016 shows the three most popular occupations were:

  • Professionals (24,811 people or 19.1%)
  • Technicians and Trades Workers (20,976 people or 16.2%)
  • Clerical and Administrative Workers (16,738 people or 12.9%)

In combination these three occupations accounted for 62,525 people in total or 48.2% of the resident workers (All industries).

In comparison, Queensland employed 19.8% in Professionals; 14.3% in Technicians and Trades Workers and 13.6% in Clerical and Administrative Workers.

The major differences between the jobs held by the resident workers (All industries) of Sunshine Coast and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) employed as Technicians and Trades Workers (16.2% compared to 14.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) employed as Machinery Operators And Drivers (5.0% compared to 6.9%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) employed as Sales Workers (11.1% compared to 9.7%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) employed as Community and Personal Service Workers (12.1% compared to 11.3%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (All industries) in Sunshine Coast increased by 15,307 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest change in the occupations of the resident workers between 2011 and 2016 in Sunshine Coast were those employed as:

  • Professionals (+4,214 persons)
  • Community and Personal Service Workers (+3,364 persons)
  • Technicians and Trades Workers (+2,379 persons)
  • Managers (+1,394 persons)

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