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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander profile - Occupations of employment

There are more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people employed as labourers in Rockhampton than any other occupation.

Occupation statistics quantify the occupations in which the indigenous residents work. The work locations may be within the local area or elsewhere. Only the employed population are counted in the occupation table (those unemployed or not in the labour force don’t have an occupation).

Occupations are broadly classified by education/skill level, with the more highly skilled managerial and professional occupations being at the top of the list, while labourers form the lowest level of the list.

The occupations of the indigenous population 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 Highest Education Attainment and Employment Status, Occupation is a key measure for evaluating Rockhampton'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
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples - Rockhampton20112006Change
OccupationNumber%Queensland - ATSI %Number%Queensland - ATSI %2006 to 2011
Managers553.45.5614.64.7-6
Professionals17610.911.316712.59.6+9
Technicians and Trades Workers21813.513.017613.212.3+42
Community and Personal Service Workers31219.415.625118.914.4+61
Clerical and Administrative Workers19612.213.118213.712.4+14
Sales Workers1197.47.6513.86.4+68
Machinery Operators And Drivers1479.110.11088.19.0+39
Labourers32720.320.129422.126.6+33
Inadequately described603.73.6413.14.6+19

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, Queensland - ATSI: 5.5% Professionals, Queensland - ATSI: 11.3% Technicians and Trades Workers, Queensland - ATSI: 13.0% Community and Personal Service Workers, Queensland - ATSI: 15.6% Clerical and Administrative Workers, Queensland - ATSI: 13.1% Sales Workers, Queensland - ATSI: 7.6% Machinery Operators And Drivers, Queensland - ATSI: 10.1% Labourers, Queensland - ATSI: 20.1% Inadequately described, Queensland - ATSI: 3.6% Managers, Rockhampton - ATSI: 3.4% Professionals, Rockhampton - ATSI: 10.9% Technicians and Trades Workers, Rockhampton - ATSI: 13.5% Community and Personal Service Workers, Rockhampton - ATSI: 19.4% Clerical and Administrative Workers, Rockhampton - ATSI: 12.2% Sales Workers, Rockhampton - ATSI: 7.4% Machinery Operators And Drivers, Rockhampton - ATSI: 9.1% Labourers, Rockhampton - ATSI: 20.3% Inadequately described, Rockhampton - ATSI: 3.7%
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, Rockhampton: -6 Professionals, Rockhampton: +9 Technicians and Trades Workers, Rockhampton: +42 Community and Personal Service Workers, Rockhampton: +61 Clerical and Administrative Workers, Rockhampton: +14 Sales Workers, Rockhampton: +68 Machinery Operators And Drivers, Rockhampton: +39 Labourers, Rockhampton: +33 Inadequately described, Rockhampton: +19
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 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resident population in Rockhampton in 2011 shows the three most popular occupations were:

  • Labourers (327 people or 20.3%)
  • Community and Personal Service Workers (312 people or 19.4%)
  • Technicians and Trades Workers (218 people or 13.5%)

In combination these three occupations accounted for 857 people in total or 53.2% of the employed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resident population.

The major differences between the occupations held by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population of Rockhampton and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population of Queensland - ATSI were:

  • A larger percentage of people employed as Community and Personal Service Workers (19.4% compared to 15.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of people employed as Managers (3.4% compared to 5.5%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Rockhampton increased by 279 between 2006 and 2011.

The largest changes in the occupations held by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents between 2006 and 2011 in Rockhampton were for those employed as:

  • Sales Workers (+68 people)
  • Community and Personal Service Workers (+61 people)

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