Ballina Shire

Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers (All industries) qualified in Management and Commerce in Ballina 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 Ballina Shire's resident workforce, 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 Ballina Shire or within commuting distance, and their qualification requirements;
  • The availability of educational institutions with those curricula nearby;
  • The socio-economic status of Ballina Shire, and;
  • The mobility of the population to move where particular skills are required.

Field of Qualification should be looked at in conjunction with Qualification and Occupations statistics for a clearer picture of the skills available in the resident worker population.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 and 2021 – by usual residence

Current industry:
Current benchmark:
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Resident workers field of qualification
Ballina Shire - Persons20212016Change
Field of qualification (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2016 - 2021
Natural and Physical Sciences3481.72.32791.62.1+69
Information Technology1810.93.71450.83.0+36
Engineering and Related Technologies1,6497.910.01,5548.910.4+95
Architecture and Building1,1655.64.39585.54.4+207
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies6012.91.54962.81.5+105
Management and Commerce2,70613.018.32,22412.717.1+482
Society and Culture1,9239.39.71,5268.78.8+397
Creative Arts6793.33.43972.33.1+282
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services9724.73.27774.43.3+195
Mixed Field Programmes60.00.1150.10.1-9
Not stated or inadequately described6333.02.84652.72.7+168
No qualification6,00928.927.05,40130.931.1+608
Total Persons20,773100.0100.017,472100.0100.0+3,301

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016 and2021. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions)

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Dominant groups

Analysis of the field of qualifications in Ballina Shire shows that the three largest fields the resident workers (All industries) were qualified in were:

  • Management and Commerce (2,706 people or 13.0%)
  • Health (2,207 people or 10.6%)
  • Society and Culture (1,923 people or 9.3%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 6,836 people in total or 32.9% of the resident workers (All industries).

In comparison, New South Wales employed 18.3% in Management and Commerce; 8.0% in Health and 9.7% in Society and Culture.

The major differences between the field of qualifications held by the resident workers () of Ballina Shire and New South Wales were:

  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Management and Commerce (13.0% compared to 18.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Information Technology (0.9% compared to 3.7%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Health (10.6% compared to 8.0%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Education (8.2% compared to 5.7%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (All industries) in Ballina Shire increased by 3,301 between 2016 and 2021.

The largest change in the field of qualifications held by the resident workers (All industries) between 2016 and 2021 in Ballina Shire was for those qualified in:

  • Management and Commerce (+482 resident workers)
  • Health (+419 resident workers)
  • Society and Culture (+397 resident workers)
  • Creative Arts (+282 resident workers)

Ballina Shire Council

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