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Toowoomba Regional Council area

Local workers - Field of qualification - All industries

Within Toowoomba Regional Council area, there are more with Management and Commerce qualifications than any other field of qualification.

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 the current occupation, this is not necessarily the case.

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

  • The age of the workforce;
  • The type of qualification required to enter an industry;
  • The availability of jobs related to fields of qualification in RDA Darling Downs and South West Region;
  • The types of occupations which are available in an area or industry.

The fields of qualification held by local workers in a particular industry are likely to show the type of skills required in that industry.  Large numbers of a particular field of qualification in an industry may indicate that it is a pre-requisite for that industry. The presence of fields of qualification outside the main range of qualifications used in that industry may indicate that the industry values employees of a broad educational background, or that people haven't been able to find employment in their chosen field.

Field of Qualification information should be looked at in conjunction with Level of qualification and Occupation data for a clearer picture of the skills available for the local workers in RDA Darling Downs and South West Region.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work

Please note – The 2016 Census used a new methodology to “impute” a work location to people who didn’t state their workplace address. As a result, 2016 and 2011 place of work data are not normally comparable. To allow comparison between 2011 and 2016, .id has sourced a 2011 dataset from the ABS which was experimentally imputed using the same methodology. To provide this detail, Toowoomba Regional Council area in 2011 had to be constructed from a best fit of Work Destination Zones (DZNs). While it may not be an exact match to the LGA or region boundary, it is considered close enough to allow some comparison. Users should treat this time series data with caution, however, and not compare directly with 2011 data from any other source.

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Local workers field of qualification - Summary
Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries20162011Change
Field of qualification
(Click rows to view sub-categories)
Number%Queensland %Number%Queensland %2011 to 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences8951.31.77881.21.5+107
Information Technology7741.11.86811.01.6+93
Engineering and Related Technologies8,09411.711.47,24010.911.6+854
Architecture and Building2,4793.64.82,2153.34.6+264
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies1,7772.61.51,5832.41.4+194
Health6,0988.87.75,0727.66.5+1,026
Education4,7126.85.64,0956.15.0+617
Management and Commerce8,46412.213.66,80510.211.7+1,659
Society and Culture5,1207.48.04,0046.06.6+1,116
Creative Arts1,0371.52.29211.41.9+116
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services2,8174.14.02,3643.53.7+453
Mixed Field Programmes680.10.1460.10.1+22
Not stated or inadequately described1,7062.52.62,1193.23.3-413
No qualification25,30336.535.028,74343.140.6-3,440

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

Local workers field of qualification, 2016
Local workers field of qualification, 2016 Natural and Physical Sciences, Queensland: 1.7% Information Technology, Queensland: 1.8% Engineering and Related Technologies, Queensland: 11.4% Architecture and Building, Queensland: 4.8% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Queensland: 1.5% Health, Queensland: 7.7% Education, Queensland: 5.6% Management and Commerce, Queensland: 13.6% Society and Culture, Queensland: 8.0% Creative Arts, Queensland: 2.2% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Queensland: 4.0% Mixed Field Programmes, Queensland: 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, Queensland: 2.6% No qualification, Queensland: 35.0% Natural and Physical Sciences, Toowoomba Regional Council area: 1.3% Information Technology, Toowoomba Regional Council area: 1.1% Engineering and Related Technologies, Toowoomba Regional Council area: 11.7% Architecture and Building, Toowoomba Regional Council area: 3.6% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Toowoomba Regional Council area: 2.6% Health, Toowoomba Regional Council area: 8.8% Education, Toowoomba Regional Council area: 6.8% Management and Commerce, Toowoomba Regional Council area: 12.2% Society and Culture, Toowoomba Regional Council area: 7.4% Creative Arts, Toowoomba Regional Council area: 1.5% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Toowoomba Regional Council area: 4.1% Mixed Field Programmes, Toowoomba Regional Council area: 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, Toowoomba Regional Council area: 2.5% No qualification, Toowoomba Regional Council area: 36.5%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in local workers field of qualification, 2016
Change in local workers field of qualification, 2016 Natural and Physical Sciences, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries: +107 Information Technology, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries: +93 Engineering and Related Technologies, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries: +854 Architecture and Building, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries: +264 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries: +194 Health, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries: +1,026 Education, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries: +617 Management and Commerce, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries: +1,659 Society and Culture, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries: +1,116 Creative Arts, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries: +116 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries: +453 Mixed Field Programmes, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries: +22 Not stated or inadequately described, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries: -413 No qualification, Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries: -3,440
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 fields of qualifications of the shows that the three largest fields of qualification were:

  • Management and Commerce (8,464 people or 12.2%)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (8,094 people or 11.7%)
  • Health (6,098 people or 8.8%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 22,656 people in total or 32.7% of the .

In comparison, Queensland employed 13.6% in Management and Commerce; 11.4% in Engineering and Related Technologies; and 7.7% in Health.

The major differences between the fields of qualifications of the workforce in Toowoomba Regional Council area and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Education (6.8% compared to 5.6%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Health (8.8% compared to 7.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Management and Commerce (12.2% compared to 13.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Architecture and Building (3.6% compared to 4.8%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in fields of qualifications of the workforce in Toowoomba Regional Council area between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Management and Commerce (+1,659 local workers)
  • Society and Culture (+1,116 local workers)
  • Health (+1,026 local workers)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (+854 local workers)

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