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RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region

Resident workers (Local) - Field of qualification

There are more local labour force qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies in the RDA Wide Bay Burnett 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 RDA Wide Bay Burnett 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 RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region or within commuting distance, and their qualification requirements;
  • The availability of educational institutions with those curricula nearby;
  • The socio-economic status of the RDA Wide Bay Burnett 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
RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region 20112006Change
Field of qualification
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Number%Queensland%Number%Queensland%2006 to 2011
Natural and Physical Sciences7230.71.56310.71.4+92
Information Technology6770.71.66050.61.4+72
Engineering and Related Technologies11,23711.211.610,17910.911.2+1,058
Architecture and Building4,4474.44.63,9684.34.2+479
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies2,1452.11.41,8622.01.4+283
Health6,5516.66.54,7435.15.4+1,808
Education6,1296.15.05,4375.84.9+692
Management and Commerce8,3938.411.76,3976.99.7+1,996
Society and Culture5,8265.86.63,9294.25.3+1,897
Creative Arts8330.81.96630.71.6+170
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services3,8933.93.73,2043.43.3+689
Mixed Field Programmes470.00.1360.00.1+11
Not stated or inadequately described3,3783.43.33,7414.03.9-363
No qualification45,69145.740.647,71851.246.2-2,027

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, Queensland: 1.5% Information Technology, Queensland: 1.6% Engineering and Related Technologies, Queensland: 11.6% Architecture and Building, Queensland: 4.6% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Queensland: 1.4% Health, Queensland: 6.5% Education, Queensland: 5.0% Management and Commerce, Queensland: 11.7% Society and Culture, Queensland: 6.6% Creative Arts, Queensland: 1.9% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Queensland: 3.7% Mixed Field Programmes, Queensland: 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, Queensland: 3.3% No qualification, Queensland: 40.6% Natural and Physical Sciences, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 0.7% Information Technology, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 0.7% Engineering and Related Technologies, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 11.2% Architecture and Building, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 4.4% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 2.1% Health, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 6.6% Education, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 6.1% Management and Commerce, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 8.4% Society and Culture, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 5.8% Creative Arts, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 0.8% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 3.9% Mixed Field Programmes, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 0.0% Not stated or inadequately described, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 3.4% No qualification, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 45.7%
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, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: +92 Information Technology, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: +72 Engineering and Related Technologies, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: +1,058 Architecture and Building, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: +479 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: +283 Health, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: +1,808 Education, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: +692 Management and Commerce, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: +1,996 Society and Culture, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: +1,897 Creative Arts, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: +170 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: +689 Mixed Field Programmes, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: +11 Not stated or inadequately described, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: -363 No qualification, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: -2,027
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 RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region shows that the three largest fields the local labour force was qualified in were:

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (11,237 people or 11.2%)
  • Management and Commerce (8,393 people or 8.4%)
  • Health (6,551 people or 6.6%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 26,181 people in total or 26.2% of the local labour force.

In comparison, Queensland employed 11.6% in Engineering and Related Technologies; 11.7% in Management and Commerce; and 6.5% in Health.

The major differences between the field of qualifications held by the local labour force of the RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of local labour force qualified in Education (6.1% compared to 5.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local labour force qualified in Management and Commerce (8.4% compared to 11.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local labour force qualified in Creative Arts (0.8% compared to 1.9%)

Emerging groups

The number of local labour force in the RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region increased by 6,857 between 2006 and 2011.

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

  • Management and Commerce (+1,996 local labour force)
  • Society and Culture (+1,897 local labour force)
  • Health (+1,808 local labour force)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (+1,058 local labour force)

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