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Greater Western Sydney Region

Occupation of employment

There were more professionals in the Greater Western Sydney Region in 2016 than any other occupation.

The Greater Western Sydney Region'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 the Greater Western Sydney Region'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?'

Employed persons aged 15 years and over

Occupation of employment
Greater Western Sydney Region - Employed persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
OccupationNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Managers103,74610.913.791,41710.713.3+12,329
Professionals190,76220.026.3162,27818.925.5+28,484
Technicians and Trades Workers130,58613.711.7123,26914.412.2+7,317
Community and Personal Service Workers93,8669.99.676,5708.98.8+17,295
Clerical and Administrative Workers150,27615.814.6148,77317.316.2+1,503
Sales Workers88,1279.29.079,4679.39.0+8,660
Machinery Operators And Drivers83,7548.85.675,8338.85.7+7,921
Labourers91,5459.67.581,9909.67.3+9,555
Not stated or inadequately described8,6330.90.818,6722.22.0-10,040

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Occupation of employment, 2016
Occupation of employment, 2016 Managers, Greater Sydney: 13.7% Professionals, Greater Sydney: 26.3% Technicians and Trades Workers, Greater Sydney: 11.7% Community and Personal Service Workers, Greater Sydney: 9.6% Clerical and Administrative Workers, Greater Sydney: 14.6% Sales Workers, Greater Sydney: 9.0% Machinery Operators And Drivers, Greater Sydney: 5.6% Labourers, Greater Sydney: 7.5% Managers, Greater Western Sydney Region: 10.9% Professionals, Greater Western Sydney Region: 20.0% Technicians and Trades Workers, Greater Western Sydney Region: 13.7% Community and Personal Service Workers, Greater Western Sydney Region: 9.9% Clerical and Administrative Workers, Greater Western Sydney Region: 15.8% Sales Workers, Greater Western Sydney Region: 9.2% Machinery Operators And Drivers, Greater Western Sydney Region: 8.8% Labourers, Greater Western Sydney Region: 9.6%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in occupation of employment, 2011 to 2016
Change in occupation of employment, 2011 to 2016 Managers, Greater Western Sydney Region: +12,329 Professionals, Greater Western Sydney Region: +28,484 Technicians and Trades Workers, Greater Western Sydney Region: +7,317 Community and Personal Service Workers, Greater Western Sydney Region: +17,295 Clerical and Administrative Workers, Greater Western Sydney Region: +1,503 Sales Workers, Greater Western Sydney Region: +8,660 Machinery Operators And Drivers, Greater Western Sydney Region: +7,921 Labourers, Greater Western Sydney Region: +9,555
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (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 Greater Western Sydney Region in 2016 shows the three most popular occupations were:

  • Professionals (190,762 people or 20.0%)
  • Clerical and Administrative Workers (150,276 people or 15.8%)
  • Technicians and Trades Workers (130,586 people or 13.7%)

In combination these three occupations accounted for 471,624 people in total or 49.5% of the employed resident population.

In comparison, Greater Sydney employed 26.3% in Professionals; 14.6% in Clerical and Administrative Workers; and 11.7% in Technicians and Trades Workers.

The major differences between the jobs held by the population of the Greater Western Sydney Region and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage of persons employed as Machinery Operators And Drivers (8.8% compared to 5.6%)
  • A larger percentage of persons employed as Labourers (9.6% compared to 7.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons employed as Professionals (20.0% compared to 26.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons employed as Managers (10.9% compared to 13.7%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in Greater Western Sydney Region increased by 94,682 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest changes in the occupations of residents between 2011 and 2016 in the Greater Western Sydney Region were for those employed as:

  • Professionals (+28,484 persons)
  • Community and Personal Service Workers (+17,295 persons)
  • Managers (+12,329 persons)
  • Labourers (+9,555 persons)

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