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Occupation of employment

There were more technicians and trades workers in Rockhampton in 2016 than any other occupation.

Rockhampton'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 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?'

Employed persons aged 15 years and over

Occupation of employment
Rockhampton - Employed persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
OccupationNumber%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2011 to 2016
Managers
3,0959.012.43,0458.712.5+50
Professionals
5,51916.116.75,47315.615.6+46
map this data in atlas.idTechnicians and Trades Workers5,65816.515.76,02417.216.3-366
Community and Personal Service Workers
4,24612.411.83,67410.510.3+572
Clerical and Administrative Workers
4,51013.112.54,99514.213.2-485
Sales Workers
3,3979.910.23,3519.610.2+46
Machinery Operators And Drivers
3,0909.07.63,3559.68.2-265
map this data in atlas.idLabourers4,33112.611.64,53212.911.9-201
Not stated or inadequately described
1930.60.76221.81.8-429

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, Rockhampton: 9.0% Professionals, Rockhampton: 16.1% Technicians and Trades Workers, Rockhampton: 16.5% Community and Personal Service Workers, Rockhampton: 12.4% Clerical and Administrative Workers, Rockhampton: 13.1% Sales Workers, Rockhampton: 9.9% Machinery Operators And Drivers, Rockhampton: 9.0% Labourers, Rockhampton: 12.6%
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, Rockhampton: +50 Professionals, Rockhampton: +46 Technicians and Trades Workers, Rockhampton: -366 Community and Personal Service Workers, Rockhampton: +572 Clerical and Administrative Workers, Rockhampton: -485 Sales Workers, Rockhampton: +46 Machinery Operators And Drivers, Rockhampton: -265 Labourers, Rockhampton: -201
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 Rockhampton in 2016 shows the three most popular occupations were:

  • Technicians and Trades Workers (5,658 people or 16.5%)
  • Professionals (5,519 people or 16.1%)
  • Clerical and Administrative Workers (4,510 people or 13.1%)

In combination these three occupations accounted for 15,687 people in total or 45.7% of the employed resident population.

In comparison, Regional QLD employed 15.7% in Technicians and Trades Workers; 16.7% in Professionals; and 12.5% in Clerical and Administrative Workers.

The major differences between the jobs held by the population of Rockhampton and Regional QLD were:

  • A larger percentage of persons employed as Machinery Operators And Drivers (9.0% compared to 7.6%)
  • A larger percentage of persons employed as Labourers (12.6% compared to 11.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons employed as Managers (9.0% compared to 12.4%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in Rockhampton decreased by 761 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest changes in the occupations of residents between 2011 and 2016 in Rockhampton were for those employed as:

  • Community and Personal Service Workers (+572 persons)
  • Clerical and Administrative Workers (-485 persons)
  • Technicians and Trades Workers (-366 persons)
  • Machinery Operators And Drivers (-265 persons)

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