Sunshine Coast

Local workers - Occupations - All industries

In Sunshine Coast, 19.7% of workers were Professionals, compared to 19.9% in Queensland.

Occupation is a key component for evaluating the socio-economic status of the local workers and the skills required to work in each industry sector.

The occupations of the local workers in Sunshine Coast will be influenced by factors including:

  • The economic base and employment opportunities available in Sunshine Coast;
  • The age of the workforce;
  • The skill and qualification level required to enter an industry; and
  • The working and social aspirations of the population.

For a complete local workers analysis for Sunshine Coast, view Occupations in conjunction with other indicators, such as Educational qualifications and Income.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work

Please note: The 2016 Census used a new methodology to “impute” a work location to people who didn’t state their workplace address. As a result, 2016 and 2011 place of work data are not normally comparable. To allow comparison between 2011 and 2016, .id has sourced a 2011 dataset from the ABS which was experimentally imputed using the same methodology. To provide this detail, Sunshine Coast in 2011 had to be constructed from a best fit of Work Destination Zones (DZNs). While it may not be an exact match to the LGA or region boundary, it is considered close enough to allow some comparison. Users should treat this time series data with caution, however, and not compare directly with 2011 data from any other source.
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Local workers occupations
Sunshine Coast - All industries 20162011Change
Occupations (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2011 - 2016
Technicians and Trades Workers15,54514.014.213,42414.014.9+2,121
Community and Personal Service Workers13,98312.611.410,86111.310.0+3,122
Clerical and Administrative Workers15,68914.213.714,46715.114.7+1,222
Sales Workers13,29112.09.712,04612.69.8+1,245
Machinery Operators And Drivers4,9564.56.94,6344.87.3+322
Inadequately described or not stated1,5961.41.61,5131.61.8+83
Total Persons110,842100.0100.095,839100.0100.0+15,003

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 All industries workforce in Sunshine Coast in 2016 shows the three most popular occupations were:

  • Professionals (21,889 local workers or 19.7%)
  • Clerical and Administrative Workers (15,689 local workers or 14.2%)
  • Technicians and Trades Workers (15,545 local workers or 14.0%)

In combination these three occupations accounted for 53,123 people in total or 47.9% of the All industries local workers.

In comparison, Queensland employed 19.9% as Professionals; 13.7% as Clerical and Administrative Workers and 14.2% as Technicians and Trades Workers.

The major differences between the jobs held by the workforce in Sunshine Coast and Queensland were:

  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed as Machinery Operators And Drivers (4.5% compared to 6.9%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed as Sales Workers (12.0% compared to 9.7%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed as Community and Personal Service Workers (12.6% compared to 11.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed as Labourers (9.9% compared to 10.6%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by the workforce in Sunshine Coast between 2011 and 2016 were those employed as:

  • Professionals (+4,247 local workers)
  • Community and Personal Service Workers (+3,122 local workers)
  • Technicians and Trades Workers (+2,121 local workers)
  • Managers (+1,413 local workers)

Sunshine Coast Council

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