Bega Valley Shire

Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers (All industries) qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies in Bega Valley 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 Bega Valley 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 Bega Valley Shire or within commuting distance, and their qualification requirements;
  • The availability of educational institutions with those curricula nearby;
  • The socio-economic status of Bega Valley 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

Current industry:
Current benchmark:
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Resident workers field of qualification
Bega Valley Shire - Persons 20162011Change
Field of qualification (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2011 - 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences1771.32.11781.42.0-1
Information Technology850.63.0880.72.6-3
Engineering and Related Technologies1,35010.310.41,38410.610.8-34
Architecture and Building7715.94.46745.24.1+97
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies4733.61.54013.11.5+72
Management and Commerce1,2789.717.11,1398.715.5+139
Society and Culture1,0417.98.88976.97.6+144
Creative Arts2481.93.12081.62.7+40
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services6665.13.36234.83.2+43
Mixed Field Programmes40.
Not stated or inadequately described4673.62.74643.63.5+3
No qualification4,66135.531.15,21640.034.8-555
Total Persons13,138100.0100.013,041100.0100.0+97

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 Bega Valley Shire shows that the three largest fields the resident workers (All industries) were qualified in were:

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (1,350 people or 10.3%)
  • Management and Commerce (1,278 people or 9.7%)
  • Health (1,051 people or 8.0%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 3,679 people in total or 28.0% of the resident workers (All industries).

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

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

  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Management and Commerce (9.7% compared to 17.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Information Technology (0.6% compared to 3.0%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (3.6% compared to 1.5%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (5.1% compared to 3.3%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (All industries) in Bega Valley Shire increased by 97 between 2011 and 2016.

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

  • Society and Culture (+144 resident workers)
  • Management and Commerce (+139 resident workers)
  • Health (+105 resident workers)
  • Architecture and Building (+97 resident workers)

Bega Valley Shire

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