Cairns

Occupation of employment

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

Cairns'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 Cairns'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
Cairns - Total persons (Enumerated)20112006Change
OccupationNumber%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2006 to 2011
Managers
8,28311.712.67,96312.213.4+320
Professionals
12,89018.215.910,74316.414.4+2,147
Technicians and Trades Workers
10,92215.416.210,66516.316.4+257
Community and Personal Service Workers
8,54612.010.27,11410.99.3+1,432
Clerical and Administrative Workers
10,34714.613.29,37614.313.1+971
Sales Workers
7,65910.810.17,44011.410.5+219
Machinery Operators And Drivers
4,0095.78.33,8865.97.8+123
Labourers
6,9009.711.87,09510.813.2-195
Inadequately described
1,3872.01.81,1371.71.8+250

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

Occupation of employment, 2011
Occupation of employment, 2011 Managers, Regional QLD: 12.6% Professionals, Regional QLD: 15.9% Technicians and Trades Workers, Regional QLD: 16.2% Community and Personal Service Workers, Regional QLD: 10.2% Clerical and Administrative Workers, Regional QLD: 13.2% Sales Workers, Regional QLD: 10.1% Machinery Operators And Drivers, Regional QLD: 8.3% Labourers, Regional QLD: 11.8% Inadequately described, Regional QLD: 1.8% Managers, Cairns: 11.7% Professionals, Cairns: 18.2% Technicians and Trades Workers, Cairns: 15.4% Community and Personal Service Workers, Cairns: 12.0% Clerical and Administrative Workers, Cairns: 14.6% Sales Workers, Cairns: 10.8% Machinery Operators And Drivers, Cairns: 5.7% Labourers, Cairns: 9.7% Inadequately described, Cairns: 2.0%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Enumerated 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, Cairns: +320 Professionals, Cairns: +2,147 Technicians and Trades Workers, Cairns: +257 Community and Personal Service Workers, Cairns: +1,432 Clerical and Administrative Workers, Cairns: +971 Sales Workers, Cairns: +219 Machinery Operators And Drivers, Cairns: +123 Labourers, Cairns: -195 Inadequately described, Cairns: +250
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Enumerated 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 Cairns in 2011 shows the three most popular occupations were:

  • Professionals (12,890 people or 18.2%)
  • Technicians and Trades Workers (10,922 people or 15.4%)
  • Clerical and Administrative Workers (10,347 people or 14.6%)

In combination these three occupations accounted for 34,159 people in total or 48.1% of the employed resident population.

In comparison, Regional QLD employed 15.9% in Professionals; 16.2% in Technicians and Trades Workers; and 13.2% in Clerical and Administrative Workers.

The major differences between the jobs held by the population of Cairns and Regional QLD were:

  • A larger percentage of persons employed as Professionals (18.2% compared to 15.9%)
  • A larger percentage of persons employed as Community and Personal Service Workers (12.0% compared to 10.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons employed as Machinery Operators And Drivers (5.7% compared to 8.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons employed as Labourers (9.7% compared to 11.8%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in Cairns increased by 5,524 between 2006 and 2011.

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

  • Professionals (+2,147 persons)
  • Community and Personal Service Workers (+1,432 persons)
  • Clerical and Administrative Workers (+971 persons)
  • Managers (+320 persons)