Bellingen Shire

Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers (All industries) qualified in Society and Culture in Bellingen 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 Bellingen 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 Bellingen Shire or within commuting distance, and their qualification requirements;
  • The availability of educational institutions with those curricula nearby;
  • The socio-economic status of Bellingen 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
Bellingen Shire - Persons20212016Change
Field of qualification (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2016 - 2021
Natural and Physical Sciences1182.22.3931.92.1+25
Information Technology551.03.7410.83.0+14
Engineering and Related Technologies4959.210.04679.610.4+28
Architecture and Building2975.54.32505.14.4+47
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies1913.61.51733.51.5+18
Management and Commerce5069.418.34559.317.1+51
Society and Culture57210.79.74769.78.8+96
Creative Arts2154.03.41663.43.1+49
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services2254.23.21944.03.3+31
Mixed Field Programmes000.150.10.1-5
Not stated or inadequately described1923.62.81643.42.7+28
No qualification1,48127.627.01,52131.131.1-40
Total Persons5,366100.0100.04,889100.0100.0+477

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

  • Society and Culture (572 people or 10.7%)
  • Health (531 people or 9.9%)
  • Management and Commerce (506 people or 9.4%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 1,609 people in total or 30.0% of the resident workers (All industries).

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

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

  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Management and Commerce (9.4% compared to 18.3%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Education (9.1% compared to 5.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Information Technology (1.0% compared to 3.7%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (3.6% compared to 1.5%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (All industries) in Bellingen Shire increased by 477 between 2016 and 2021.

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

  • Society and Culture (+96 resident workers)
  • Health (+70 resident workers)
  • Education (+65 resident workers)
  • Management and Commerce (+51 resident workers)

Bellingen Shire

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