Ballina Shire

Local workers - Field of qualification - All industries

Management and Commerce is the most common qualification for workers in Ballina Shire.

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 the current occupation, this is not necessarily the case.

The field of study relates to a number of factors, such as:

  • The age of the workforce;
  • The type of qualification required to enter an industry;
  • The availability of jobs related to fields of qualification in Ballina Shire;
  • The types of occupations which are available in an area or industry.

The fields of qualification held by local workers in a particular industry are likely to show the type of skills required in that industry. Large numbers of a particular field of qualification in an industry may indicate that it is a pre-requisite for that industry. The presence of fields of qualification outside the main range of qualifications used in that industry may indicate that the industry values employees of a broad educational background, or that people haven't been able to find employment in their chosen field.

Field of Qualification information should be looked at in conjunction with Level of qualification and Occupation data for a clearer picture of the skills available for the local workers in Ballina Shire.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 & 2021 – by place of work

Current industry:
Current benchmark:
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Local workers field of qualification - Summary
Ballina Shire - All industries20212016Change
Field of qualification (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2016 - 2021
Natural and Physical Sciences2791.562.322301.542.10+49
Information Technology1540.863.701170.782.95+37
Engineering and Related Technologies1,4037.8510.001,3068.7410.38+97
Architecture and Building8744.894.287184.804.35+156
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies5903.301.514623.091.53+128
Management and Commerce2,26412.6718.301,82412.2117.09+440
Society and Culture1,6319.129.641,3198.838.77+312
Creative Arts5783.233.423162.113.06+262
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services9255.173.226754.523.32+250
Mixed Field Programmes80.040.07110.070.10-3
Not stated or inadequately described5713.192.784072.722.69+164
No qualification5,52930.9427.015,00333.5031.13+526
Total Persons17,867100.00100.0014,931100.00100.00+2,936

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016 and 2021. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions)

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Dominant groups

Analysis of the fields of qualifications of the All industries shows that the three largest fields of qualification were:

  • Management and Commerce (2,264 people or 12.7%)
  • Society and Culture (1,631 people or 9.1%)
  • Health (1,624 people or 9.1%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 5,519 people in total or30.9% of All industries.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 18.3% in Management and Commerce; 9.6% in Society and Culture and 8.0% in Health.

The major differences between the fields of qualifications of the workforce in Ballina Shire and New South Wales were:

  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Management and Commerce (12.7% compared to 18.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Information Technology (0.9% compared to 3.7%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Education (8.0% compared to 5.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Engineering and Related Technologies (7.9% compared to 10.0%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in fields of qualifications of the total workforce in Ballina Shire between 2016 and 2021 were:

  • Management and Commerce (+440.00 local workers)
  • Health (+321.00 local workers)
  • Society and Culture (+312.00 local workers)
  • Creative Arts (+262.00 local workers)

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