Queensland has experienced a shift in its primary employment industry, with more people now reporting employment in the health care and social assistance industries.
Queensland has experienced a shift in its primary employment industry, with more people now reporting employment in the health care and social assistance industries. Cathy Yeuletgetty Images

Health jobs on rise in Queensland

NEW data from the 2011 Census of Population and Housing has painted a detailed picture of how Queenslanders live and work.

ABS Queensland regional director Dr AJ Lanyon said the latest release of 2011 Census data marked an important time for the ABS, Australia, and Queensland.

"2011 Census data released earlier this year has already shed some light on who we are as a nation and a state, and where we live," Dr Lanyon said.

"In particular, Census data provides a valuable insight into the growth and development of Queensland, our people and our workforce."

The latest figures show Queensland's labour force consisted of 2,171,074 people, aged 15 years and over, at the time of the last Census on August 9 last year - an increase of 255,126 people from 1,915,948 in 2006.

Consistent with its total population, Queensland had the third largest number of full-time employed people and people who reported they were not in the labour force.

Consistent with the national trend, Queensland has experienced a shift in its primary employment industry, with more people now reporting employment as doctors, nurses, dentists, physiotherapists, child care workers and aged care providers in the health care and social assistance industry than in the traditional manufacturing and retail industries.

The Queensland health care and social assistance industry accounts for 11.9% of the state's employment, an increase of 1.7% since 2006, while retail trade, which was the primary employment industry in Queensland in 2006, is now the second most reported industry of employment. it accounted for 10.7% in 2011, a 0.9 percentage point decrease since 2006.

Construction, with 9%, was the third most reported industry of employment in Queensland in 2011.

In terms of occupation, the Queensland population was still working in the same top five occupations as in 2006.

These were: professionals (18.9%); technicians and trades workers (14.9%); clerical and administrative workers (14.7%) managers (12%); and labourers (10.6%).

Of those who reported working as technicians and trades workers, 85.8% were males.

Of those who reported their occupation as clerical and administrative workers, 79% were females.



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