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Toowoomba Regional Council area

Local workers - Occupations - All industries

In the Toowoomba Regional Council area, 19.3% of workers were Professionals, compared to 19.9% in Queensland.

Occupation is a key component for evaluating the socio-economic status of the local workers and the skills required to work in each industry sector.

The occupations of the local workers in the Toowoomba Regional Council area will be influenced by factors including:

  • The economic base and employment opportunities available in the Toowoomba Regional Council area;
  • The age of the workforce;
  • The skill and qualification level required to enter an industry; and
  • The working and social aspirations of the population.

For a complete local workers analysis for the Toowoomba Regional Council area, view Occupations in conjunction with other indicators, such as Educational qualifications and Income.

Data source

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, the 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 occupations
Toowoomba Regional Council area - All industries 20162011Change
Occupations (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2011 - 2016
Managers8,59512.412.18,44812.712.0+147
Professionals13,38119.319.912,10218.118.9+1,279
Technicians and Trades Workers9,74914.114.29,56514.314.9+184
Community and Personal Service Workers7,89911.411.46,79710.210.0+1,102
Clerical and Administrative Workers9,74114.013.79,74614.614.7-5
Sales Workers6,5149.49.76,4899.79.8+25
Machinery Operators And Drivers4,5886.66.94,4296.67.3+159
Labourers8,01911.610.68,07312.110.6-54
Inadequately described or not stated8621.21.61,0381.61.8-176
Total Persons69,348100.0100.066,687100.0100.0+2,661

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

An analysis of the jobs held by the All industries workforce in the Toowoomba Regional Council area in 2016 shows the three most popular occupations were:

  • Professionals (13,381 local workers or 19.3%)
  • Technicians and Trades Workers (9,749 local workers or 14.1%)
  • Clerical and Administrative Workers (9,741 local workers or 14.0%)

In combination these three occupations accounted for 32,871 people in total or 47.4% of the All industries local workers.

In comparison, Queensland employed 19.9% as Professionals; 14.2% as Technicians and Trades Workers and 13.7% as Clerical and Administrative Workers.

The major differences between the jobs held by the workforce in the Toowoomba Regional Council area and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed as Labourers (11.6% compared to 10.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed as Professionals (19.3% compared to 19.9%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers employed as Clerical and Administrative Workers (14.0% compared to 13.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed as Inadequately described or not stated (1.2% compared to 1.6%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the jobs held by the workforce in the Toowoomba Regional Council area between 2011 and 2016 were those employed as:

  • Professionals (+1,279 local workers)
  • Community and Personal Service Workers (+1,102 local workers)
  • Technicians and Trades Workers (+184 local workers)
  • Inadequately described or not stated (-176 local workers)

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