In Toowoomba, 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 Toowoomba will be influenced by factors including:
- The economic base and employment opportunities available in Toowoomba;
- The age of the workforce;
- The skill and qualification level required to enter an industry; and
- The working and social aspirations of the population.
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work
|Local workers occupations|
|Toowoomba - All industries||2016||2011||Change|
|Occupations (Click rows to view sub-categories)||Number||%||Queensland||Number||%||Queensland||2011 - 2016|
|Technicians and Trades Workers||9,749||14.1||14.2||9,565||14.3||14.9||+184|
|Community and Personal Service Workers||7,899||11.4||11.4||6,797||10.2||10.0||+1,102|
|Clerical and Administrative Workers||9,741||14.0||13.7||9,746||14.6||14.7||-5|
|Machinery Operators And Drivers||4,588||6.6||6.9||4,429||6.6||7.3||+159|
|Inadequately described or not stated||862||1.2||1.6||1,038||1.6||1.8||-176|
Please refer to specific data notes for more information
An analysis of the jobs held by the All industries workforce in Toowoomba 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 Toowoomba 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%)
The largest changes in the jobs held by the workforce in Toowoomba 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)