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Toowoomba Regional Council area

Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers (All industries) qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies in the Toowoomba Regional Council area than in any other field.

Field of qualification presents the primary field of study for the highest qualification the person has received. While this is likely to have some relationship to their current occupation, this is not necessarily the case.

The presence of specific qualifications among the Toowoomba Regional Council area's resident workforce, which are not used by local industry, may indicate an opportunity for a new industry to move into the area and access a ready labour force.

The field of study relates to a number of factors, such as:

  • The age of the population;
  • The types of industries and occupations located in the Toowoomba Regional Council area or within commuting distance, and their qualification requirements;
  • The availability of educational institutions with those curricula nearby;
  • The socio-economic status of the Toowoomba Regional Council area, and;
  • The mobility of the population to move where particular skills are required.

Field of Qualification should be looked at in conjunction with Qualification and Occupations statistics for a clearer picture of the skills available in the resident worker population.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 and 2016 – by usual residence

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Resident workers field of qualification
Toowoomba Regional Council area - Persons 20162011Change
Field of qualification (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2011 - 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences9191.31.77851.11.5+134
Information Technology7981.11.86911.01.6+107
Engineering and Related Technologies8,51412.011.67,64011.111.6+874
Architecture and Building3,1264.44.82,8184.14.6+308
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies1,8882.71.51,7042.51.4+184
Health5,9558.47.74,9977.36.5+958
Education4,7886.75.64,2146.15.0+574
Management and Commerce8,39911.813.56,8049.911.7+1,595
Society and Culture5,1557.27.93,9895.86.6+1,166
Creative Arts1,0541.52.29261.31.9+128
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services2,8184.04.02,3993.53.7+419
Mixed Field Programmes810.10.1520.10.1+29
Not stated or inadequately described1,7552.52.62,1933.23.3-438
No qualification25,93436.435.029,61843.040.6-3,684
Total Persons71,184100.0100.068,830100.0100.0+2,354

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id the population experts

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Dominant groups

Analysis of the field of qualifications in the Toowoomba Regional Council area shows that the three largest fields the resident workers (All industries) were qualified in were:

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (8,514 people or 12.0%)
  • Management and Commerce (8,399 people or 11.8%)
  • Health (5,955 people or 8.4%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 22,868 people in total or 32.1% of the resident workers (All industries).

In comparison, Queensland employed 11.6% in Engineering and Related Technologies; 13.5% in Management and Commerce and 7.7% in Health.

The major differences between the field of qualifications held by the resident workers () of the Toowoomba Regional Council area and Queensland were:

  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Management and Commerce (11.8% compared to 13.5%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (2.7% compared to 1.5%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Education (6.7% compared to 5.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Creative Arts (1.5% compared to 2.2%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (All industries) in the Toowoomba Regional Council area increased by 2,354 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest change in the field of qualifications held by the resident workers (All industries) between 2011 and 2016 in the Toowoomba Regional Council area was for those qualified in:

  • Management and Commerce (+1,595 resident workers)
  • Society and Culture (+1,166 resident workers)
  • Health (+958 resident workers)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (+874 resident workers)

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