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Toowoomba Regional Council area

Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies in 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 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 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 Toowoomba Regional Council area, and;
  • The mobility of the population to move where particular skills are required.

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

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 20162011Change
Field of qualification
(Click rows to view sub-categories)
Number%Information Media and Telecommunications%Number%Information Media and Telecommunications%2011 to 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences9191.30.07851.10.8+134
Information Technology7981.12.66911.00.9+107
Engineering and Related Technologies8,51412.017.27,64011.114.3+874
Architecture and Building3,1264.40.02,8184.10.5+308
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies1,8882.71.81,7042.50.5+184
Health5,9558.40.64,9977.31.1+958
Education4,7886.72.84,2146.11.9+574
Management and Commerce8,39911.811.66,8049.912.2+1,595
Society and Culture5,1557.24.03,9895.83.1+1,166
Creative Arts1,0541.513.89261.311.3+128
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services2,8184.01.82,3993.51.4+419
Mixed Field Programmes810.10.0520.10.0+29
Not stated or inadequately described1,7552.51.22,1933.23.0-438
No qualification25,93436.442.529,61843.049.0-3,684

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

Resident workers field of qualifications, 2016
Resident workers field of qualifications, 2016 Natural and Physical Sciences, Toowoomba Regional Council area - Information Media and Telecommunications : 0.0% Information Technology, Toowoomba Regional Council area - Information Media and Telecommunications : 2.6% Engineering and Related Technologies, Toowoomba Regional Council area - Information Media and Telecommunications : 17.2% Architecture and Building, Toowoomba Regional Council area - Information Media and Telecommunications : 0.0% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Toowoomba Regional Council area - Information Media and Telecommunications : 1.8% Health, Toowoomba Regional Council area - Information Media and Telecommunications : 0.6% Education, Toowoomba Regional Council area - Information Media and Telecommunications : 2.8% Management and Commerce, Toowoomba Regional Council area - Information Media and Telecommunications : 11.6% Society and Culture, Toowoomba Regional Council area - Information Media and Telecommunications : 4.0% Creative Arts, Toowoomba Regional Council area - Information Media and Telecommunications : 13.8% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Toowoomba Regional Council area - Information Media and Telecommunications : 1.8% Mixed Field Programmes, Toowoomba Regional Council area - Information Media and Telecommunications : 0.0% Not stated or inadequately described, Toowoomba Regional Council area - Information Media and Telecommunications : 1.2% No qualification, Toowoomba Regional Council area - Information Media and Telecommunications : 42.5% Natural and Physical Sciences, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries: 1.3% Information Technology, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries: 1.1% Engineering and Related Technologies, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries: 12.0% Architecture and Building, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries: 4.4% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries: 2.7% Health, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries: 8.4% Education, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries: 6.7% Management and Commerce, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries: 11.8% Society and Culture, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries: 7.2% Creative Arts, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries: 1.5% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries: 4.0% Mixed Field Programmes, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries: 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries: 2.5% No qualification, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries: 36.4%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in resident workers field of qualifications, 2011 to 2016
Change in resident workers field of qualifications, 2011 to 2016 Natural and Physical Sciences, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries: +134 Information Technology, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries: +107 Engineering and Related Technologies, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries: +874 Architecture and Building, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries: +308 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries: +184 Health, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries: +958 Education, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries: +574 Management and Commerce, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries: +1,595 Society and Culture, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries: +1,166 Creative Arts, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries: +128 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries: +419 Mixed Field Programmes, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries: +29 Not stated or inadequately described, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries: -438 No qualification, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries: -3,684
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the field of qualifications in Toowoomba Regional Council area shows that the three largest fields the resident workers 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 .

In comparison, Information Media and Telecommunications employed 17.2% in Engineering and Related Technologies; 11.6% in Management and Commerce; and 0.6% in Health.

The major differences between the field of qualifications held by the resident workers of Toowoomba Regional Council area and Information Media and Telecommunications were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers qualified in Health (8.4% compared to 0.6%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers qualified in Architecture and Building (4.4% compared to 0.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers qualified in Creative Arts (1.5% compared to 13.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies (12.0% compared to 17.2%)

Emerging groups

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

The largest changes in the field of qualifications held by the resident workers between 2011 and 2016 in Toowoomba Regional Council area were for those qualified in:

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

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