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Local workers - Field of qualification - All industries

Within Ballina Shire, there are more with Management and Commerce qualifications than any other field of qualification.

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.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work

Please note – The 2016 Census used a new methodology to “impute” a work location to people who didn’t state their workplace address. As a result, 2016 and 2011 place of work data are not normally comparable. To allow comparison between 2011 and 2016, .id has sourced a 2011 dataset from the ABS which was experimentally imputed using the same methodology. To provide this detail, Ballina Shire in 2011 had to be constructed from a best fit of Work Destination Zones (DZNs). While it may not be an exact match to the LGA or region boundary, it is considered close enough to allow some comparison. Users should treat this time series data with caution, however, and not compare directly with 2011 data from any other source.

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Local workers field of qualification - Summary
Ballina Shire - All industries20162011Change
Field of qualification
(Click rows to view sub-categories)
Number%New South Wales %Number%New South Wales %2011 to 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences2301.52.11891.32.0+41
Information Technology1170.83.01350.92.6-18
Engineering and Related Technologies1,3068.710.41,3039.010.8+3
Architecture and Building7184.84.46644.64.0+54
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies4623.11.53912.71.5+71
Health1,3038.77.11,1287.86.4+175
Education1,2408.35.41,0897.55.1+151
Management and Commerce1,82412.217.11,63711.315.5+187
Society and Culture1,3198.88.81,0006.97.6+319
Creative Arts3162.13.12932.02.7+23
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services6754.53.36564.53.2+19
Mixed Field Programmes110.10.160.00.1+5
Not stated or inadequately described4072.72.74042.83.5+3
No qualification5,00333.531.15,53238.334.9-529

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Local workers field of qualification, 2016
Local workers field of qualification, 2016 Natural and Physical Sciences, New South Wales: 2.1% Information Technology, New South Wales: 3.0% Engineering and Related Technologies, New South Wales: 10.4% Architecture and Building, New South Wales: 4.4% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, New South Wales: 1.5% Health, New South Wales: 7.1% Education, New South Wales: 5.4% Management and Commerce, New South Wales: 17.1% Society and Culture, New South Wales: 8.8% Creative Arts, New South Wales: 3.1% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, New South Wales: 3.3% Mixed Field Programmes, New South Wales: 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, New South Wales: 2.7% No qualification, New South Wales: 31.1% Natural and Physical Sciences, Ballina Shire: 1.5% Information Technology, Ballina Shire: 0.8% Engineering and Related Technologies, Ballina Shire: 8.7% Architecture and Building, Ballina Shire: 4.8% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Ballina Shire: 3.1% Health, Ballina Shire: 8.7% Education, Ballina Shire: 8.3% Management and Commerce, Ballina Shire: 12.2% Society and Culture, Ballina Shire: 8.8% Creative Arts, Ballina Shire: 2.1% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Ballina Shire: 4.5% Mixed Field Programmes, Ballina Shire: 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, Ballina Shire: 2.7% No qualification, Ballina Shire: 33.5%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in local workers field of qualification, 2016
Change in local workers field of qualification, 2016 Natural and Physical Sciences, Ballina Shire - All industries: +41 Information Technology, Ballina Shire - All industries: -18 Engineering and Related Technologies, Ballina Shire - All industries: +3 Architecture and Building, Ballina Shire - All industries: +54 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Ballina Shire - All industries: +71 Health, Ballina Shire - All industries: +175 Education, Ballina Shire - All industries: +151 Management and Commerce, Ballina Shire - All industries: +187 Society and Culture, Ballina Shire - All industries: +319 Creative Arts, Ballina Shire - All industries: +23 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Ballina Shire - All industries: +19 Mixed Field Programmes, Ballina Shire - All industries: +5 Not stated or inadequately described, Ballina Shire - All industries: +3 No qualification, Ballina Shire - All industries: -529
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

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

  • Management and Commerce (1,824 people or 12.2%)
  • Society and Culture (1,319 people or 8.8%)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (1,306 people or 8.7%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 4,449 people in total or 29.8% of the .

In comparison, New South Wales employed 17.1% in Management and Commerce; 8.8% in Society and Culture; and 10.4% in Engineering and Related Technologies.

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

  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Education (8.3% compared to 5.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Management and Commerce (12.2% compared to 17.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Information Technology (0.8% compared to 3.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Engineering and Related Technologies (8.7% compared to 10.4%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in fields of qualifications of the workforce in Ballina Shire between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Society and Culture (+319 local workers)
  • Management and Commerce (+187 local workers)
  • Health (+175 local workers)
  • Education (+151 local workers)

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