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Resident workers (Local) - Field of qualification

There are more local labour force qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies in West Coast Council area 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 West Coast Council area'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 West Coast Council area or within commuting distance, and their qualification requirements;
  • The availability of educational institutions with those curricula nearby;
  • The socio-economic status of West Coast Council area, 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
West Coast Council area 20112006Change
Field of qualification
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Number%Greater Hobart%Number%Greater Hobart%2006 to 2011
Natural and Physical Sciences291.42.7180.92.5+11
Information Technology40.21.8110.51.5-7
Engineering and Related Technologies36418.19.137418.29.2-10
Architecture and Building763.84.6703.44.0+6
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies231.11.6231.11.40
Health623.17.1693.46.3-7
Education693.45.3743.65.3-5
Management and Commerce1366.711.6944.610.0+42
Society and Culture693.48.7512.57.6+18
Creative Arts150.72.2140.71.9+1
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services773.83.8723.53.5+5
Mixed Field Programmes00.00.000.00.00
Not stated or inadequately described844.23.41115.44.0-27
No qualification1,00750.038.01,07452.342.7-67

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, Greater Hobart: 2.7% Information Technology, Greater Hobart: 1.8% Engineering and Related Technologies, Greater Hobart: 9.1% Architecture and Building, Greater Hobart: 4.6% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Greater Hobart: 1.6% Health, Greater Hobart: 7.1% Education, Greater Hobart: 5.3% Management and Commerce, Greater Hobart: 11.6% Society and Culture, Greater Hobart: 8.7% Creative Arts, Greater Hobart: 2.2% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Greater Hobart: 3.8% Mixed Field Programmes, Greater Hobart: 0.0% Not stated or inadequately described, Greater Hobart: 3.4% No qualification, Greater Hobart: 38.0% Natural and Physical Sciences, West Coast Council area: 1.4% Information Technology, West Coast Council area: 0.2% Engineering and Related Technologies, West Coast Council area: 18.1% Architecture and Building, West Coast Council area: 3.8% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, West Coast Council area: 1.1% Health, West Coast Council area: 3.1% Education, West Coast Council area: 3.4% Management and Commerce, West Coast Council area: 6.7% Society and Culture, West Coast Council area: 3.4% Creative Arts, West Coast Council area: 0.7% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, West Coast Council area: 3.8% Mixed Field Programmes, West Coast Council area: 0.0% Not stated or inadequately described, West Coast Council area: 4.2% No qualification, West Coast Council area: 50.0%
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, West Coast Council area: +11 Information Technology, West Coast Council area: -7 Engineering and Related Technologies, West Coast Council area: -10 Architecture and Building, West Coast Council area: +6 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, West Coast Council area: 0 Health, West Coast Council area: -7 Education, West Coast Council area: -5 Management and Commerce, West Coast Council area: +42 Society and Culture, West Coast Council area: +18 Creative Arts, West Coast Council area: +1 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, West Coast Council area: +5 Mixed Field Programmes, West Coast Council area: 0 Not stated or inadequately described, West Coast Council area: -27 No qualification, West Coast Council area: -67
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 West Coast Council area shows that the three largest fields the local labour force was qualified in were:

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (364 people or 18.1%)
  • Management and Commerce (136 people or 6.7%)
  • Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (77 people or 3.8%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 577 people in total or 28.6% of the local labour force.

In comparison, Greater Hobart employed 9.1% in Engineering and Related Technologies; 11.6% in Management and Commerce; and 3.8% in Food, Hospitality and Personal Services.

The major differences between the field of qualifications held by the local labour force of West Coast Council area and Greater Hobart were:

  • A larger percentage of local labour force qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies (18.1% compared to 9.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local labour force qualified in Society and Culture (3.4% compared to 8.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local labour force qualified in Management and Commerce (6.7% compared to 11.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of local labour force qualified in Health (3.1% compared to 7.1%)

Emerging groups

The number of local labour force in West Coast Council area decreased by 40 between 2006 and 2011.

There were no major changes in field of qualifications held by the local labour force between 2006 and 2011 in West Coast Council area.

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