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Resident workers (Local) - Field of qualification

There are more local labour force qualified in Management and Commerce in Penrith City 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 Penrith City'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 Penrith City or within commuting distance, and their qualification requirements;
  • The availability of educational institutions with those curricula nearby;
  • The socio-economic status of Penrith City, 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
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Field of qualification
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Number%Greater Sydney%Number%Greater Sydney%2006 to 2011
Natural and Physical Sciences8851.02.38071.02.3+78
Information Technology1,4221.63.41,1891.43.0+233
Engineering and Related Technologies10,72112.310.210,49012.610.6+231
Architecture and Building3,6504.23.83,4374.13.7+213
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies8591.00.96960.80.9+163
Health3,9434.56.03,3684.05.5+575
Education3,7504.34.83,2563.94.7+494
Management and Commerce10,80212.417.98,81010.615.8+1,992
Society and Culture4,9095.68.33,5294.27.2+1,380
Creative Arts1,1951.43.39711.22.9+224
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services2,7003.13.02,3082.82.7+392
Mixed Field Programmes530.10.1350.00.1+18
Not stated or inadequately described3,2323.73.53,8224.64.4-590
No qualification39,10144.832.440,74548.836.3-1,644

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 Sydney: 2.3% Information Technology, Greater Sydney: 3.4% Engineering and Related Technologies, Greater Sydney: 10.2% Architecture and Building, Greater Sydney: 3.8% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Greater Sydney: 0.9% Health, Greater Sydney: 6.0% Education, Greater Sydney: 4.8% Management and Commerce, Greater Sydney: 17.9% Society and Culture, Greater Sydney: 8.3% Creative Arts, Greater Sydney: 3.3% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Greater Sydney: 3.0% Mixed Field Programmes, Greater Sydney: 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, Greater Sydney: 3.5% No qualification, Greater Sydney: 32.4% Natural and Physical Sciences, Penrith City: 1.0% Information Technology, Penrith City: 1.6% Engineering and Related Technologies, Penrith City: 12.3% Architecture and Building, Penrith City: 4.2% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Penrith City: 1.0% Health, Penrith City: 4.5% Education, Penrith City: 4.3% Management and Commerce, Penrith City: 12.4% Society and Culture, Penrith City: 5.6% Creative Arts, Penrith City: 1.4% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Penrith City: 3.1% Mixed Field Programmes, Penrith City: 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, Penrith City: 3.7% No qualification, Penrith City: 44.8%
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, Penrith City: +78 Information Technology, Penrith City: +233 Engineering and Related Technologies, Penrith City: +231 Architecture and Building, Penrith City: +213 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Penrith City: +163 Health, Penrith City: +575 Education, Penrith City: +494 Management and Commerce, Penrith City: +1,992 Society and Culture, Penrith City: +1,380 Creative Arts, Penrith City: +224 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Penrith City: +392 Mixed Field Programmes, Penrith City: +18 Not stated or inadequately described, Penrith City: -590 No qualification, Penrith City: -1,644
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 Penrith City shows that the three largest fields the local labour force was qualified in were:

  • Management and Commerce (10,802 people or 12.4%)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (10,721 people or 12.3%)
  • Society and Culture (4,909 people or 5.6%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 26,432 people in total or 30.3% of the local labour force.

In comparison, Greater Sydney employed 17.9% in Management and Commerce; 10.2% in Engineering and Related Technologies; and 8.3% in Society and Culture.

The major differences between the field of qualifications held by the local labour force of Penrith City and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage of local labour force qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies (12.3% compared to 10.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of local labour force qualified in Management and Commerce (12.4% compared to 17.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local labour force qualified in Society and Culture (5.6% compared to 8.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of local labour force qualified in Creative Arts (1.4% compared to 3.3%)

Emerging groups

The number of local labour force in Penrith City increased by 3,759 between 2006 and 2011.

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

  • Management and Commerce (+1,992 local labour force)
  • Society and Culture (+1,380 local labour force)
  • Health (+575 local labour force)
  • Education (+494 local labour force)

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