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 2011 and 2016 – by usual residence

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Resident workers field of qualification
Ballina Shire - Persons 20162011Change
Field of qualification (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2011 - 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences2791.62.12261.42.0+53
Information Technology1450.83.01480.92.6-3
Engineering and Related Technologies1,5548.910.41,4498.710.8+105
Architecture and Building9585.54.49165.54.1+42
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies4962.81.54272.61.5+69
Management and Commerce2,22412.717.11,99712.015.5+227
Society and Culture1,5268.78.81,1777.17.6+349
Creative Arts3972.33.13272.02.7+70
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services7774.43.36794.13.2+98
Mixed Field Programmes150.
Not stated or inadequately described4652.72.74732.93.5-8
No qualification5,40130.931.15,94135.834.8-540
Total Persons17,472100.0100.016,596100.0100.0+876

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. 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 (2,224 people or 12.7%)
  • Health (1,788 people or 10.2%)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (1,554 people or 8.9%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 5,566 people in total or 31.8% of the resident workers (All industries).

In comparison, New South Wales employed 17.1% in Management and Commerce; 7.1% in Health and 10.4% in Engineering and Related Technologies.

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 (12.7% compared to 17.1%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Health (10.2% compared to 7.1%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Education (8.3% compared to 5.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Information Technology (0.8% compared to 3.0%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (All industries) in Ballina Shire increased by 876 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest change in the field of qualifications held by the resident workers (All industries) between 2011 and 2016 in Ballina Shire was for those qualified in:

  • Society and Culture (+349 resident workers)
  • Health (+255 resident workers)
  • Management and Commerce (+227 resident workers)
  • Education (+153 resident workers)

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