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Resident workers (Local) - Field of qualification

There are more local labour force qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies in the Macarthur 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 Macarthur 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 Macarthur Region or within commuting distance, and their qualification requirements;
  • The availability of educational institutions with those curricula nearby;
  • The socio-economic status of the Macarthur 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
Macarthur Region 20112006Change
Field of qualification
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Number%New South Wales%Number%New South Wales%2006 to 2011
Natural and Physical Sciences1,4541.32.01,2251.11.9+229
Information Technology2,0441.82.61,6261.52.3+418
Engineering and Related Technologies14,97613.010.814,42713.411.1+549
Architecture and Building4,9264.34.14,4754.24.0+451
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies1,3081.11.51,0951.01.5+213
Health5,5824.86.44,4754.25.8+1,107
Education5,7575.05.15,0504.75.0+707
Management and Commerce14,12812.315.511,43910.613.7+2,689
Society and Culture7,1636.27.64,9194.66.4+2,244
Creative Arts1,5961.42.71,2631.22.3+333
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services3,4403.03.22,8482.72.9+592
Mixed Field Programmes710.10.1690.10.1+2
Not stated or inadequately described4,5143.93.55,0724.74.3-558
No qualification48,14341.834.849,43846.038.8-1,295

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, Macarthur Region: 1.3% Information Technology, Macarthur Region: 1.8% Engineering and Related Technologies, Macarthur Region: 13.0% Architecture and Building, Macarthur Region: 4.3% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Macarthur Region: 1.1% Health, Macarthur Region: 4.8% Education, Macarthur Region: 5.0% Management and Commerce, Macarthur Region: 12.3% Society and Culture, Macarthur Region: 6.2% Creative Arts, Macarthur Region: 1.4% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Macarthur Region: 3.0% Mixed Field Programmes, Macarthur Region: 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, Macarthur Region: 3.9% No qualification, Macarthur Region: 41.8%
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, Macarthur Region: +229 Information Technology, Macarthur Region: +418 Engineering and Related Technologies, Macarthur Region: +549 Architecture and Building, Macarthur Region: +451 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Macarthur Region: +213 Health, Macarthur Region: +1,107 Education, Macarthur Region: +707 Management and Commerce, Macarthur Region: +2,689 Society and Culture, Macarthur Region: +2,244 Creative Arts, Macarthur Region: +333 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Macarthur Region: +592 Mixed Field Programmes, Macarthur Region: +2 Not stated or inadequately described, Macarthur Region: -558 No qualification, Macarthur Region: -1,295
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 Macarthur Region shows that the three largest fields the local labour force was qualified in were:

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (14,976 people or 13.0%)
  • Management and Commerce (14,128 people or 12.3%)
  • Society and Culture (7,163 people or 6.2%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 36,267 people in total or 31.5% 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 7.6% in Society and Culture.

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

  • A larger percentage of local labour force qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies (13.0% compared to 10.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of local labour force qualified in Management and Commerce (12.3% compared to 15.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of local labour force qualified in Health (4.8% compared to 6.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of local labour force qualified in Society and Culture (6.2% compared to 7.6%)

Emerging groups

The number of local labour force in the Macarthur Region increased by 7,681 between 2006 and 2011.

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

  • Management and Commerce (+2,689 local labour force)
  • Society and Culture (+2,244 local labour force)
  • Health (+1,107 local labour force)
  • Education (+707 local labour force)

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