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Resident workers (Local) - Field of qualification

There are more local labour force qualified in Management and Commerce in the Canberra Region 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 the Canberra Region'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 the Canberra Region or within commuting distance, and their qualification requirements;
  • The availability of educational institutions with those curricula nearby;
  • The socio-economic status of the Canberra Region, 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
Canberra Region 20112006Change
Field of qualification
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Number%Regional NSW%Number%Regional NSW%2006 to 2011
Natural and Physical Sciences1,5931.71.31,3541.51.2+239
Information Technology1,5401.61.11,1901.41.0+350
Engineering and Related Technologies9,51610.112.18,86310.112.0+653
Architecture and Building4,6644.94.54,0934.74.4+571
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies2,9763.12.62,8023.22.6+174
Health5,6916.07.24,8705.66.4+821
Education4,8465.15.84,4395.15.6+407
Management and Commerce10,52211.110.98,5349.79.6+1,988
Society and Culture7,4017.86.45,4236.25.0+1,978
Creative Arts1,6331.71.51,3231.51.3+310
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services3,4643.73.62,9483.43.3+516
Mixed Field Programmes410.00.0480.10.0-7
Not stated or inadequately described3,4103.63.53,6784.24.1-268
No qualification37,28639.439.438,06343.443.4-777

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, Regional NSW: 1.3% Information Technology, Regional NSW: 1.1% Engineering and Related Technologies, Regional NSW: 12.1% Architecture and Building, Regional NSW: 4.5% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Regional NSW: 2.6% Health, Regional NSW: 7.2% Education, Regional NSW: 5.8% Management and Commerce, Regional NSW: 10.9% Society and Culture, Regional NSW: 6.4% Creative Arts, Regional NSW: 1.5% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Regional NSW: 3.6% Mixed Field Programmes, Regional NSW: 0.0% Not stated or inadequately described, Regional NSW: 3.5% No qualification, Regional NSW: 39.4% Natural and Physical Sciences, Canberra Region: 1.7% Information Technology, Canberra Region: 1.6% Engineering and Related Technologies, Canberra Region: 10.1% Architecture and Building, Canberra Region: 4.9% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Canberra Region: 3.1% Health, Canberra Region: 6.0% Education, Canberra Region: 5.1% Management and Commerce, Canberra Region: 11.1% Society and Culture, Canberra Region: 7.8% Creative Arts, Canberra Region: 1.7% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Canberra Region: 3.7% Mixed Field Programmes, Canberra Region: 0.0% Not stated or inadequately described, Canberra Region: 3.6% No qualification, Canberra Region: 39.4%
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, Canberra Region: +239 Information Technology, Canberra Region: +350 Engineering and Related Technologies, Canberra Region: +653 Architecture and Building, Canberra Region: +571 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Canberra Region: +174 Health, Canberra Region: +821 Education, Canberra Region: +407 Management and Commerce, Canberra Region: +1,988 Society and Culture, Canberra Region: +1,978 Creative Arts, Canberra Region: +310 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Canberra Region: +516 Mixed Field Programmes, Canberra Region: -7 Not stated or inadequately described, Canberra Region: -268 No qualification, Canberra Region: -777
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 the Canberra Region shows that the three largest fields the local labour force was qualified in were:

  • Management and Commerce (10,522 people or 11.1%)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (9,516 people or 10.1%)
  • Society and Culture (7,401 people or 7.8%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 27,439 people in total or 29.0% of the local labour force.

In comparison, Regional NSW employed 10.9% in Management and Commerce; 12.1% in Engineering and Related Technologies; and 6.4% in Society and Culture.

The major differences between the field of qualifications held by the local labour force of the Canberra Region and Regional NSW were:

  • A larger percentage of local labour force qualified in Society and Culture (7.8% compared to 6.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of local labour force qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies (10.1% compared to 12.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local labour force qualified in Health (6.0% compared to 7.2%)

Emerging groups

The number of local labour force in the Canberra Region increased by 6,955 between 2006 and 2011.

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

  • Management and Commerce (+1,988 local labour force)
  • Society and Culture (+1,978 local labour force)
  • Health (+821 local labour force)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (+653 local labour force)

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