An image and health-obsessed Melbourne has provided a jobs boon for fitness instructors and beauty therapists.
That's the verdict from the latest round of census figures, delivered on Monday four months after the first release in June.
It shows across the country the number of people working as beauty therapists and fitness instructors has surged by more than 25 per cent since 2011, driven by its two biggest cities Melbourne and Sydney, despite the country's population climbing by less than 9 per cent.
Among them, is 27-year-old Alev Basarin from Highett in south-east Melbourne. She ditched her job as a primary school financial literacy facilitator to take up early mornings, late evenings and long hours in-between as a Melbourne-based personal trainer.
"I love the fact that someone can walk away and realise there are ways that they can feel better than they did before," she said.
It's not only the feel-good factor driving health employment. An ageing population has driven more people to work in a hospital than in any other place in Greater Melbourne.
Almost 4 per cent, or 80,000 Melburnians now work in a hospital, while 3.4 per cent do the same in Sydney.
Melbourne's love of food, coffee and bars is reflected in its employment figures. They are the city's next-largest employer, making up 2.5 per cent of all workers, the same percentage that work in Sydney's entire banking and finance industry.
Higher education and the boom in international students flocking into Melbourne has pushed the industry to become the city's fifth-highest employer, making up 1.8 per cent of all employees.
Overall, you are more likely to work part-time in Melbourne [31 per cent] than you are in Sydney [28 per cent], where residents are also more likely to work for longer.
Up to 45.8 per cent of Sydneysiders work 40 hours or more per week, 43 per cent do the same in Melbourne.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics figures also show the push towards the service economy is in full swing, with the number of workers in the community and personal service sector up 19 per cent since the last time they were tallied.
One in every eight workers now make their money in healthcare and social assistance as nurses, counsellors and increasingly, care workers for older Australians.
Age also makes a difference to the types of jobs we are performing.
While those under 30 were most likely to be fast food cooks, bartenders, baristas, waiters or sportspeople, those over 60 were more likely than younger groups to be livestock and crop farmers, caretakers and bus drivers.
Between the genders, the industries historically dominated by men, such as manufacturing and mining, are on the way down, as women take on more positions in some of the fastest growing areas such as social assistance and education.
The gender gap is widest in technical and trades industries, which have 84 per cent male employees, while 74 per cent of health professionals and 63 per cent of legal, social and welfare professionals are female.
"Alongside this, we are seeing the proportion of men in employment decrease over time, while for women it is increasing," census program manager Bindi Kindermann said.
The census also allows us to see levels of employment along cultural lines.
The highest levels of employment were among residents born in Nepal, with four out five adults employed at the time of the census, followed by 76 per cent of migrants from Zimbabwe, 73 per cent from Brazil, 72 per cent from South Africa and 71 per cent from Canada.
With Peter Martin