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Resident workers (Local) - Field of qualification

There are more local labour force qualified in Management and Commerce in Ballina Shire 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 Ballina Shire's local labour force, 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 Ballina Shire or within commuting distance, and their qualification requirements;
  • The availability of educational institutions with those curricula nearby;
  • The socio-economic status of Ballina Shire, 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 2006 and 2011 – by usual residence

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Local resident workers field of qualification
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Field of qualification
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Number%New South Wales%Number%New South Wales%2006 to 2011
Natural and Physical Sciences2281.42.02221.41.9+6
Information Technology1480.92.61220.82.3+26
Engineering and Related Technologies1,4558.810.81,4088.711.1+47
Architecture and Building9115.54.18575.34.0+54
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies4272.61.54222.61.5+5
Health1,5229.26.41,3348.25.8+188
Education1,2937.85.11,2307.65.0+63
Management and Commerce1,99512.015.51,75710.813.7+238
Society and Culture1,1747.17.69425.86.4+232
Creative Arts3272.02.72501.52.3+77
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services6814.13.26293.92.9+52
Mixed Field Programmes70.00.130.00.1+4
Not stated or inadequately described4762.93.55823.64.3-106
No qualification5,94535.834.86,46039.838.8-515

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Local resident workers field of qualifications, 2011
Local resident workers field of qualifications, 2011 Natural and Physical Sciences, New South Wales: 2.0% Information Technology, New South Wales: 2.6% Engineering and Related Technologies, New South Wales: 10.8% Architecture and Building, New South Wales: 4.1% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, New South Wales: 1.5% Health, New South Wales: 6.4% Education, New South Wales: 5.1% Management and Commerce, New South Wales: 15.5% Society and Culture, New South Wales: 7.6% Creative Arts, New South Wales: 2.7% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, New South Wales: 3.2% Mixed Field Programmes, New South Wales: 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, New South Wales: 3.5% No qualification, New South Wales: 34.8% Natural and Physical Sciences, Ballina Shire: 1.4% Information Technology, Ballina Shire: 0.9% Engineering and Related Technologies, Ballina Shire: 8.8% Architecture and Building, Ballina Shire: 5.5% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Ballina Shire: 2.6% Health, Ballina Shire: 9.2% Education, Ballina Shire: 7.8% Management and Commerce, Ballina Shire: 12.0% Society and Culture, Ballina Shire: 7.1% Creative Arts, Ballina Shire: 2.0% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Ballina Shire: 4.1% Mixed Field Programmes, Ballina Shire: 0.0% Not stated or inadequately described, Ballina Shire: 2.9% No qualification, Ballina Shire: 35.8%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in local resident workers field of qualifications, 2006 to 2011
Change in local resident workers field of qualifications, 2006 to 2011 Natural and Physical Sciences, Ballina Shire: +6 Information Technology, Ballina Shire: +26 Engineering and Related Technologies, Ballina Shire: +47 Architecture and Building, Ballina Shire: +54 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Ballina Shire: +5 Health, Ballina Shire: +188 Education, Ballina Shire: +63 Management and Commerce, Ballina Shire: +238 Society and Culture, Ballina Shire: +232 Creative Arts, Ballina Shire: +77 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Ballina Shire: +52 Mixed Field Programmes, Ballina Shire: +4 Not stated or inadequately described, Ballina Shire: -106 No qualification, Ballina Shire: -515
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the field of qualifications in Ballina Shire shows that the three largest fields the local labour force was qualified in were:

  • Management and Commerce (1,995 people or 12.0%)
  • Health (1,522 people or 9.2%)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (1,455 people or 8.8%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 4,972 people in total or 30.0% of the local labour force.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 15.5% in Management and Commerce; 6.4% in Health; and 10.8% in Engineering and Related Technologies.

The major differences between the field of qualifications held by the local labour force of Ballina Shire and New South Wales were:

  • A larger percentage of local labour force qualified in Health (9.2% compared to 6.4%)
  • A larger percentage of local labour force qualified in Education (7.8% compared to 5.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local labour force qualified in Management and Commerce (12.0% compared to 15.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of local labour force qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies (8.8% compared to 10.8%)

Emerging groups

The number of local labour force in Ballina Shire increased by 371 between 2006 and 2011.

The largest changes in the field of qualifications held by the local labour force between 2006 and 2011 in Ballina Shire were for those qualified in:

  • Management and Commerce (+238 local labour force)
  • Society and Culture (+232 local labour force)
  • Health (+188 local labour force)
  • Creative Arts (+77 local labour force)

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