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Local workers - Field of qualification - All industries

Within the Gunnedah Shire, there are more with Engineering and Related Technologies qualifications than any other field of qualification.

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 the current occupation, this is not necessarily the case.

The field of study relates to a number of factors, such as:

  • The age of the workforce;
  • The type of qualification required to enter an industry;
  • The availability of jobs related to fields of qualification in Gunnedah Shire;
  • The types of occupations which are available in an area or industry.

The fields of qualification held by local workers in a particular industry are likely to show the type of skills required in that industry.  Large numbers of a particular field of qualification in an industry may indicate that it is a pre-requisite for that industry. The presence of fields of qualification outside the main range of qualifications used in that industry may indicate that the industry values employees of a broad educational background, or that people haven't been able to find employment in their chosen field.

Field of Qualification information should be looked at in conjunction with Level of qualification and Occupation data for a clearer picture of the skills available for the local workers in Gunnedah Shire.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2006 and 2011 – by place of work

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Local workers field of qualification - Summary
Gunnedah Shire - All industries20112006Change
Field of qualification
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Number%New South Wales %Number%New South Wales %2006 to 2011
Natural and Physical Sciences681.52.0330.81.9+35
Information Technology220.52.6180.42.3+4
Engineering and Related Technologies55412.010.946211.011.2+92
Architecture and Building922.04.0952.33.9-3
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies2224.81.51964.71.5+26
Health2826.16.52315.55.9+51
Education2896.25.22455.95.1+44
Management and Commerce4359.415.73738.914.0+62
Society and Culture2194.77.71864.46.6+33
Creative Arts310.72.7390.92.4-8
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services1433.13.21122.72.9+31
Mixed Field Programmes00.00.130.10.1-3
Not stated or inadequately described1393.03.11704.13.8-31
No qualification2,13946.134.62,02148.338.3+118

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

Local workers field of qualification, 2011
Local workers field of qualification, 2011 Natural and Physical Sciences, New South Wales: 2.0% Information Technology, New South Wales: 2.6% Engineering and Related Technologies, New South Wales: 10.9% Architecture and Building, New South Wales: 4.0% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, New South Wales: 1.5% Health, New South Wales: 6.5% Education, New South Wales: 5.2% Management and Commerce, New South Wales: 15.7% Society and Culture, New South Wales: 7.7% 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: 3.1% No qualification, New South Wales: 34.6% Natural and Physical Sciences, Gunnedah Shire: 1.5% Information Technology, Gunnedah Shire: 0.5% Engineering and Related Technologies, Gunnedah Shire: 12.0% Architecture and Building, Gunnedah Shire: 2.0% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Gunnedah Shire: 4.8% Health, Gunnedah Shire: 6.1% Education, Gunnedah Shire: 6.2% Management and Commerce, Gunnedah Shire: 9.4% Society and Culture, Gunnedah Shire: 4.7% Creative Arts, Gunnedah Shire: 0.7% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Gunnedah Shire: 3.1% Mixed Field Programmes, Gunnedah Shire: 0.0% Not stated or inadequately described, Gunnedah Shire: 3.0% No qualification, Gunnedah Shire: 46.1%
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 workers field of qualification, 2011
Change in local workers field of qualification, 2011 Natural and Physical Sciences, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: +35 Information Technology, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: +4 Engineering and Related Technologies, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: +92 Architecture and Building, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: -3 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: +26 Health, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: +51 Education, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: +44 Management and Commerce, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: +62 Society and Culture, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: +33 Creative Arts, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: -8 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: +31 Mixed Field Programmes, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: -3 Not stated or inadequately described, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: -31 No qualification, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: +118
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 fields of qualifications of the shows that the three largest fields of qualification were:

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (554 people or 12.0%)
  • Management and Commerce (435 people or 9.4%)
  • Education (289 people or 6.2%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 1,278 people in total or 27.6% of the .

In comparison, New South Wales employed 10.9% in Engineering and Related Technologies; 15.7% in Management and Commerce; and 5.2% in Education.

The major differences between the fields of qualifications of the in the Gunnedah Shire and New South Wales were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (4.8% compared to 1.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Management and Commerce (9.4% compared to 15.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Society and Culture (4.7% compared to 7.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Information Technology (0.5% compared to 2.6%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in fields of qualifications of the in the Gunnedah Shire between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (+92 local workers)
  • Management and Commerce (+62 local workers)
  • Health (+51 local workers)
  • Education (+44 local workers)

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