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Resident workers (Local) - Field of qualification

There are more local labour force qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies in the Gunnedah 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 the Gunnedah 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 the Gunnedah Shire or within commuting distance, and their qualification requirements;
  • The availability of educational institutions with those curricula nearby;
  • The socio-economic status of the Gunnedah 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
Gunnedah Shire 20112006Change
Field of qualification
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Number%New South Wales%Number%New South Wales%2006 to 2011
Natural and Physical Sciences480.92.0400.91.9+8
Information Technology270.52.6210.42.3+6
Engineering and Related Technologies67512.910.853111.311.1+144
Architecture and Building1282.44.11202.64.0+8
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies2384.61.51984.21.5+40
Health3085.96.42665.75.8+42
Education3015.85.12525.45.0+49
Management and Commerce4448.515.53818.113.7+63
Society and Culture2324.47.61643.56.4+68
Creative Arts330.62.7350.72.3-2
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services1583.03.21252.72.9+33
Mixed Field Programmes00.00.130.10.1-3
Not stated or inadequately described2023.93.52214.74.3-19
No qualification2,43146.534.82,32549.738.8+106

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, Gunnedah Shire: 0.9% Information Technology, Gunnedah Shire: 0.5% Engineering and Related Technologies, Gunnedah Shire: 12.9% Architecture and Building, Gunnedah Shire: 2.4% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Gunnedah Shire: 4.6% Health, Gunnedah Shire: 5.9% Education, Gunnedah Shire: 5.8% Management and Commerce, Gunnedah Shire: 8.5% Society and Culture, Gunnedah Shire: 4.4% Creative Arts, Gunnedah Shire: 0.6% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Gunnedah Shire: 3.0% Mixed Field Programmes, Gunnedah Shire: 0.0% Not stated or inadequately described, Gunnedah Shire: 3.9% No qualification, Gunnedah Shire: 46.5%
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, Gunnedah Shire: +8 Information Technology, Gunnedah Shire: +6 Engineering and Related Technologies, Gunnedah Shire: +144 Architecture and Building, Gunnedah Shire: +8 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Gunnedah Shire: +40 Health, Gunnedah Shire: +42 Education, Gunnedah Shire: +49 Management and Commerce, Gunnedah Shire: +63 Society and Culture, Gunnedah Shire: +68 Creative Arts, Gunnedah Shire: -2 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Gunnedah Shire: +33 Mixed Field Programmes, Gunnedah Shire: -3 Not stated or inadequately described, Gunnedah Shire: -19 No qualification, Gunnedah Shire: +106
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 Gunnedah Shire shows that the three largest fields the local labour force was qualified in were:

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (675 people or 12.9%)
  • Management and Commerce (444 people or 8.5%)
  • Health (308 people or 5.9%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 1,427 people in total or 27.3% of the local labour force.

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

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

  • A larger percentage of local labour force qualified in Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (4.6% compared to 1.5%)
  • A larger percentage of local labour force qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies (12.9% compared to 10.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of local labour force qualified in Management and Commerce (8.5% compared to 15.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of local labour force qualified in Society and Culture (4.4% compared to 7.6%)

Emerging groups

The number of local labour force in the Gunnedah Shire increased by 543 between 2006 and 2011.

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

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (+144 local labour force)
  • Society and Culture (+68 local labour force)
  • Management and Commerce (+63 local labour force)

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