RDA Darling Downs and South West RegionCommunity profile
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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Occupation of employment

There were more managers in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2011 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?'

Persons aged 15 years and over

Occupation of employment
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Employed persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
OccupationNumber%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2006 to 2011
Managers18,35815.912.518,79817.313.3-440
Professionals17,44315.115.615,19114.014.2+2,253
Technicians and Trades Workers16,92914.616.315,42314.216.5+1,506
Community and Personal Service Workers10,7529.310.39,1368.49.4+1,617
Clerical and Administrative Workers14,77112.813.213,51912.513.1+1,253
Sales Workers10,0148.710.29,7559.010.6+259
Machinery Operators And Drivers9,6668.48.28,2907.67.8+1,376
Labourers15,85513.711.916,80315.513.4-948
Inadequately described1,8821.61.81,6541.51.8+228

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, Regional QLD: 12.5% Professionals, Regional QLD: 15.6% Technicians and Trades Workers, Regional QLD: 16.3% Community and Personal Service Workers, Regional QLD: 10.3% Clerical and Administrative Workers, Regional QLD: 13.2% Sales Workers, Regional QLD: 10.2% Machinery Operators And Drivers, Regional QLD: 8.2% Labourers, Regional QLD: 11.9% Inadequately described, Regional QLD: 1.8% Managers, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 15.9% Professionals, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 15.1% 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: 9.3% Clerical and Administrative Workers, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 12.8% Sales Workers, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 8.7% Machinery Operators And Drivers, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 8.4% Labourers, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 13.7% Inadequately described, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 1.6%
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, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -440 Professionals, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +2,253 Technicians and Trades Workers, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +1,506 Community and Personal Service Workers, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +1,617 Clerical and Administrative Workers, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +1,253 Sales Workers, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +259 Machinery Operators And Drivers, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +1,376 Labourers, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -948 Inadequately described, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +228
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 RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2011 shows the three most popular occupations were:

  • Managers (18,358 people or 15.9%)
  • Professionals (17,443 people or 15.1%)
  • Technicians and Trades Workers (16,929 people or 14.6%)

In combination these three occupations accounted for 52,730 people in total or 45.6% of the employed resident population.

In comparison, Regional QLD employed 12.5% in Managers; 15.6% in Professionals; and 16.3% 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 (15.9% compared to 12.5%)
  • A larger percentage of persons employed as Labourers (13.7% compared to 11.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons employed as Technicians and Trades Workers (14.6% compared to 16.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons employed as Sales Workers (8.7% compared to 10.2%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in RDA Darling Downs and South West Region increased by 7,103 between 2006 and 2011.

The largest changes in the occupations of residents between 2006 and 2011 in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region were for those employed as:

  • Professionals (+2,253 persons)
  • Community and Personal Service Workers (+1,617 persons)
  • Technicians and Trades Workers (+1,506 persons)
  • Machinery Operators And Drivers (+1,376 persons)

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