Census data shows professional jobs had the largest proportionate increase since 2006, up from from 21.2% to 22.7%.
Census data shows professional jobs had the largest proportionate increase since 2006, up from from 21.2% to 22.7%. altrendo images

Professional jobs rise in New South Wales

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

ABS New South Wales regional director Paul Williams said the latest release of 2011 Census data marked an important time for the ABS, Australia, and New South Wales.

"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," Mr Williams said.

"The latest tranche of Census data now paints a picture of what we do and how we live, helping to further shape New South Wales over the next five years, and providing a brighter future for our state.

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

In terms of occupation, the New South Wales population were still working in the same top five occupations as in 2006: Professionals (22.7%), clerical and administrative workers (15.1%); managers (13.3%); technicians and trades workers (13.2%); and community and personal service workers (9.5%).

However, Professionals showed the largest proportionate increase since 2006, from 21.2% to 22.7%, reflecting a faster rate of growth compared to other occupations. There was a slight decline in the proportion of people reporting the occupations of clerical and administrative workers, managers and technician and trades workers.

The proportion of females in each of the top five occupations also increased slightly, except for clerical and administrative workers, where the proportion decreased from 76.4% of the total to 75.9%.

Turning to education, there has been an increase in the proportion of people in New South Wales undertaking additional studies, with increases in the number of people who reported completing postgraduate and bachelor degrees, graduate diplomas and graduate certificates, advanced diplomas and diplomas, and certificates III/IV.

The number of people who have successfully completed postgraduate degrees has risen from 162,916 in 2006 to 238,853 in 2011 - an increase of 46.6%.

Management and commerce (20.3%) along with engineering and related technologies (14.8%) were the two most common reported fields of study, as they were in 2006. However, there has been an increase in the proportion of people who reported management and commerce related studies (1.9 percentage points), and a decline in those who reported engineering and related technologies studies (0.7 percentage point).

There have been increases in the proportions of people studying both society and culture (up from 8.7% in 2006 to 10.2% in 2011) and health (up from 8% to 8.5%).



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