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Occupation of employment

There were more professionals in Australia in 2011 than any other occupation.

Australia's occupation statistics quantify the occupations in which the residents work (which may be within the residing area or elsewhere). This will be influenced by the economic base and employment opportunities available in the area, education levels, and the working and social aspirations of the population. When viewed with other indicators, such as Educational Qualifications and Individual Income, Occupation is a key measure for evaluating Australia's socio-economic status and skill base.

Derived from the two Census questions:

'In the main job held last week, what was the person's occupation?' and 'What are the main tasks that the person himself/herself usually performs in that occupation?'

Persons aged 15 years and over

Occupation of employment
Australia - Employed persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
OccupationNumber%Greater Capital Cities %Number%Greater Capital Cities %2006 to 2011
Managers1,293,80712.912.31,204,94213.212.3+88,865
Professionals2,145,24321.323.61,808,53619.822.0+336,707
Technicians and Trades Workers1,424,94714.213.51,311,37814.413.8+113,569
Community and Personal Service Workers971,7479.79.3803,1768.88.5+168,571
Clerical and Administrative Workers1,483,40314.715.71,367,63315.016.2+115,770
Sales Workers942,1199.49.4897,8869.89.9+44,233
Machinery Operators And Drivers659,4556.66.0605,2796.66.2+54,176
Labourers947,4319.48.2954,15310.59.1-6,722
Inadequately described188,9871.91.9166,3451.81.9+22,642

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Occupation of employment, 2011
Occupation of employment, 2011 Managers, Greater Capital Cities: 12.3% Professionals, Greater Capital Cities: 23.6% Technicians and Trades Workers, Greater Capital Cities: 13.5% Community and Personal Service Workers, Greater Capital Cities: 9.3% Clerical and Administrative Workers, Greater Capital Cities: 15.7% Sales Workers, Greater Capital Cities: 9.4% Machinery Operators And Drivers, Greater Capital Cities: 6.0% Labourers, Greater Capital Cities: 8.2% Inadequately described, Greater Capital Cities: 1.9% Managers, Australia: 12.9% Professionals, Australia: 21.3% Technicians and Trades Workers, Australia: 14.2% Community and Personal Service Workers, Australia: 9.7% Clerical and Administrative Workers, Australia: 14.7% Sales Workers, Australia: 9.4% Machinery Operators And Drivers, Australia: 6.6% Labourers, Australia: 9.4% Inadequately described, Australia: 1.9%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in occupation of employment, 2006 to 2011
Change in occupation of employment, 2006 to 2011 Managers, Australia: +88,865 Professionals, Australia: +336,707 Technicians and Trades Workers, Australia: +113,569 Community and Personal Service Workers, Australia: +168,571 Clerical and Administrative Workers, Australia: +115,770 Sales Workers, Australia: +44,233 Machinery Operators And Drivers, Australia: +54,176 Labourers, Australia: -6,722 Inadequately described, Australia: +22,642
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the resident population in Australia in 2011 shows the three most popular occupations were:

  • Professionals (2,145,243 people or 21.3%)
  • Clerical and Administrative Workers (1,483,403 people or 14.7%)
  • Technicians and Trades Workers (1,424,947 people or 14.2%)

In combination these three occupations accounted for 5,053,593 people in total or 50.2% of the employed resident population.

In comparison, Greater Capital Cities employed 23.6% in Professionals; 15.7% in Clerical and Administrative Workers; and 13.5% in Technicians and Trades Workers.

The major differences between the jobs held by the population of Australia and Greater Capital Cities were:

  • A larger percentage of persons employed as Labourers (9.4% compared to 8.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons employed as Professionals (21.3% compared to 23.6%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in Australia increased by 937,811 between 2006 and 2011.

The largest changes in the occupations of residents between 2006 and 2011 in Australia were for those employed as:

  • Professionals (+336,707 persons)
  • Community and Personal Service Workers (+168,571 persons)
  • Clerical and Administrative Workers (+115,770 persons)
  • Technicians and Trades Workers (+113,569 persons)

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