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Resident workers - Occupations of employment

There are more resident workers (All industries) Professionals in Toowoomba than any other occupation.

Occupations are a key component in evaluating the knowledge, experience and skill-levels that industry can draw upon locally. It should be viewed with other indicators, such as Age structure, Qualifications, and Income for a comprehensive analysis of Toowoomba's local resident workers.

When comparing the occupations of local resident workers with local workers, Occupation data indicates whether an economy draws on the skills offered by its own residents or relies on a different set of skills imported from elsewhere in the region.

Data source

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

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Resident workers occupations
Toowoomba 20162011Change
Occupations (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2011 - 2016
Technicians and Trades Workers10,75715.114.310,57515.414.9+182
Community and Personal Service Workers7,91811.111.36,8099.910.0+1,109
Clerical and Administrative Workers9,50113.313.69,54513.914.7-44
Sales Workers6,4359.09.76,4069.39.8+29
Machinery Operators And Drivers4,8886.96.94,8987.17.3-10
Inadequately described or not stated9111.31.61,0861.61.8-175
Total Persons71,194100.0100.068,823100.0100.0+2,371

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 resident workers in Toowoomba in 2016 shows the three most popular occupations were:

  • Professionals (13,271 people or 18.6%)
  • Technicians and Trades Workers (10,757 people or 15.1%)
  • Clerical and Administrative Workers (9,501 people or 13.3%)

In combination these three occupations accounted for 33,529 people in total or 47.1% of the resident workers (All industries).

In comparison, Queensland employed 19.8% in Professionals; 14.3% in Technicians and Trades Workers and 13.6% in Clerical and Administrative Workers.

The major differences between the jobs held by the resident workers (All industries) of Toowoomba and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) employed as Labourers (12.2% compared to 10.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) employed as Professionals (18.6% compared to 19.8%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) employed as Technicians and Trades Workers (15.1% compared to 14.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) employed as Sales Workers (9.0% compared to 9.7%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (All industries) in Toowoomba increased by 2,371 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest change in the occupations of the resident workers between 2011 and 2016 in Toowoomba were those employed as:

  • Community and Personal Service Workers (+1,109 persons)
  • Professionals (+1,088 persons)
  • Managers (+224 persons)
  • Technicians and Trades Workers (+182 persons)

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