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Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies in Toowoomba 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'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 or within commuting distance, and their qualification requirements;
  • The availability of educational institutions with those curricula nearby;
  • The socio-economic status of Toowoomba, 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 20162011Change
Field of qualification
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Number%Queensland%Number%Queensland%2011 to 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

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, Queensland : 1.7% Information Technology, Queensland : 1.8% Engineering and Related Technologies, Queensland : 11.6% 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 : 13.5% Society and Culture, Queensland : 7.9% 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 - All industries: 1.3% Information Technology, Toowoomba - All industries: 1.1% Engineering and Related Technologies, Toowoomba - All industries: 12.0% Architecture and Building, Toowoomba - All industries: 4.4% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Toowoomba - All industries: 2.7% Health, Toowoomba - All industries: 8.4% Education, Toowoomba - All industries: 6.7% Management and Commerce, Toowoomba - All industries: 11.8% Society and Culture, Toowoomba - All industries: 7.2% Creative Arts, Toowoomba - All industries: 1.5% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Toowoomba - All industries: 4.0% Mixed Field Programmes, Toowoomba - All industries: 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, Toowoomba - All industries: 2.5% No qualification, Toowoomba - 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 - All industries: +134 Information Technology, Toowoomba - All industries: +107 Engineering and Related Technologies, Toowoomba - All industries: +874 Architecture and Building, Toowoomba - All industries: +308 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Toowoomba - All industries: +184 Health, Toowoomba - All industries: +958 Education, Toowoomba - All industries: +574 Management and Commerce, Toowoomba - All industries: +1,595 Society and Culture, Toowoomba - All industries: +1,166 Creative Arts, Toowoomba - All industries: +128 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Toowoomba - All industries: +419 Mixed Field Programmes, Toowoomba - All industries: +29 Not stated or inadequately described, Toowoomba - All industries: -438 No qualification, Toowoomba - 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 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, 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 Toowoomba and Queensland were:

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

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers in Toowoomba 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 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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