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Perth Metropolitan Area

Occupation of employment

There were more professionals in the Perth Metropolitan Area in 2011 than any other occupation.

The Perth Metropolitan Area'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 Perth Metropolitan Area'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
Perth Metropolitan Area - Employed persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
OccupationNumber%Greater Perth %Number%Greater Perth %2006 to 2011
Managers97,89211.411.481,68311.211.2+16,209
Professionals186,24921.721.7147,94320.320.3+38,306
Technicians and Trades Workers137,78416.116.1117,75516.116.1+20,029
Community and Personal Service Workers83,0219.79.766,1939.19.1+16,828
Clerical and Administrative Workers131,24615.315.3113,49615.615.6+17,750
Sales Workers77,5559.09.072,2339.99.9+5,322
Machinery Operators And Drivers56,8506.66.647,3386.56.5+9,512
Labourers75,2958.88.871,9999.99.9+3,296
Inadequately described11,5581.31.411,0131.51.5+545

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 Perth: 11.4% Professionals, Greater Perth: 21.7% Technicians and Trades Workers, Greater Perth: 16.1% Community and Personal Service Workers, Greater Perth: 9.7% Clerical and Administrative Workers, Greater Perth: 15.3% Sales Workers, Greater Perth: 9.0% Machinery Operators And Drivers, Greater Perth: 6.6% Labourers, Greater Perth: 8.8% Inadequately described, Greater Perth: 1.4% Managers, Perth Metropolitan Area: 11.4% Professionals, Perth Metropolitan Area: 21.7% Technicians and Trades Workers, Perth Metropolitan Area: 16.1% Community and Personal Service Workers, Perth Metropolitan Area: 9.7% Clerical and Administrative Workers, Perth Metropolitan Area: 15.3% Sales Workers, Perth Metropolitan Area: 9.0% Machinery Operators And Drivers, Perth Metropolitan Area: 6.6% Labourers, Perth Metropolitan Area: 8.8% Inadequately described, Perth Metropolitan Area: 1.3%
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, Perth Metropolitan Area: +16,209 Professionals, Perth Metropolitan Area: +38,306 Technicians and Trades Workers, Perth Metropolitan Area: +20,029 Community and Personal Service Workers, Perth Metropolitan Area: +16,828 Clerical and Administrative Workers, Perth Metropolitan Area: +17,750 Sales Workers, Perth Metropolitan Area: +5,322 Machinery Operators And Drivers, Perth Metropolitan Area: +9,512 Labourers, Perth Metropolitan Area: +3,296 Inadequately described, Perth Metropolitan Area: +545
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 Perth Metropolitan Area in 2011 shows the three most popular occupations were:

  • Professionals (186,249 people or 21.7%)
  • Technicians and Trades Workers (137,784 people or 16.1%)
  • Clerical and Administrative Workers (131,246 people or 15.3%)

In combination these three occupations accounted for 455,279 people in total or 53.1% of the employed resident population.

In comparison, Greater Perth employed 21.7% in Professionals; 16.1% in Technicians and Trades Workers; and 15.3% in Clerical and Administrative Workers.

There were no major differences between Perth Metropolitan Area and Greater Perth in 2011.

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in Perth Metropolitan Area increased by 127,795 between 2006 and 2011.

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

  • Professionals (+38,306 persons)
  • Technicians and Trades Workers (+20,029 persons)
  • Clerical and Administrative Workers (+17,750 persons)
  • Community and Personal Service Workers (+16,828 persons)

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