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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Occupation of employment

There were more professionals in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2016 than any other occupation.

The RDA Darling Downs and South West 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 RDA Darling Downs and South West 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
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Employed persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
OccupationNumber%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2011 to 2016
Managers17,75515.212.418,35815.912.5-603
Professionals18,68816.016.717,44315.115.6+1,245
Technicians and Trades Workers17,01314.615.716,92914.616.3+84
Community and Personal Service Workers12,11310.411.810,7529.310.3+1,361
Clerical and Administrative Workers14,50012.412.514,77112.813.2-271
Sales Workers10,1178.710.210,0148.710.2+103
Machinery Operators And Drivers9,0087.77.69,6668.48.2-658
Labourers15,67913.511.615,85513.711.9-176
Not stated or inadequately described8150.70.71,8821.61.8-1,067

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, Regional QLD: 12.4% Professionals, Regional QLD: 16.7% Technicians and Trades Workers, Regional QLD: 15.7% Community and Personal Service Workers, Regional QLD: 11.8% Clerical and Administrative Workers, Regional QLD: 12.5% Sales Workers, Regional QLD: 10.2% Machinery Operators And Drivers, Regional QLD: 7.6% Labourers, Regional QLD: 11.6% Managers, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 15.2% Professionals, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 16.0% Technicians and Trades Workers, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 14.6% Community and Personal Service Workers, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 10.4% Clerical and Administrative Workers, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 12.4% Sales Workers, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 8.7% Machinery Operators And Drivers, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 7.7% Labourers, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 13.5%
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, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -603 Professionals, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +1,245 Technicians and Trades Workers, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +84 Community and Personal Service Workers, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +1,361 Clerical and Administrative Workers, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -271 Sales Workers, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +103 Machinery Operators And Drivers, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -658 Labourers, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -176
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 RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2016 shows the three most popular occupations were:

  • Professionals (18,688 people or 16.0%)
  • Managers (17,755 people or 15.2%)
  • Technicians and Trades Workers (17,013 people or 14.6%)

In combination these three occupations accounted for 53,456 people in total or 45.9% of the employed resident population.

In comparison, Regional QLD employed 16.7% in Professionals; 12.4% in Managers; and 15.7% in Technicians and Trades Workers.

The major differences between the jobs held by the population of the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region and Regional QLD were:

  • A larger percentage of persons employed as Managers (15.2% compared to 12.4%)
  • A larger percentage of persons employed as Labourers (13.5% compared to 11.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons employed as Sales Workers (8.7% compared to 10.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons employed as Community and Personal Service Workers (10.4% compared to 11.8%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in RDA Darling Downs and South West Region increased by 830 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest changes in the occupations of residents between 2011 and 2016 in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region were for those employed as:

  • Community and Personal Service Workers (+1,361 persons)
  • Professionals (+1,245 persons)
  • Machinery Operators And Drivers (-658 persons)
  • Managers (-603 persons)

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