Byron Shire

Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers (All industries) qualified in Management and Commerce in Byron 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 Byron 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 Byron Shire or within commuting distance, and their qualification requirements;
  • The availability of educational institutions with those curricula nearby;
  • The socio-economic status of Byron 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
Byron Shire - Persons20212016Change
Field of qualification (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2016 - 2021
Natural and Physical Sciences3852.32.33092.32.1+76
Information Technology1871.13.71140.83.0+73
Engineering and Related Technologies9585.710.09447.010.4+14
Architecture and Building9925.94.38186.04.4+174
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies4482.71.53742.81.5+74
Management and Commerce2,10612.618.31,37010.117.1+736
Society and Culture1,90511.49.71,39510.38.8+510
Creative Arts1,5729.43.49296.93.1+643
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services7854.73.26644.93.3+121
Mixed Field Programmes40.00.1220.20.1-18
Not stated or inadequately described5683.42.85343.92.7+34
No qualification4,20525.227.03,76527.831.1+440
Total Persons16,711100.0100.013,559100.0100.0+3,152

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

  • Management and Commerce (2,106 people or 12.6%)
  • Society and Culture (1,905 people or 11.4%)
  • Health (1,585 people or 9.5%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 5,596 people in total or 33.5% of the resident workers (All industries).

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

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

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Creative Arts (9.4% compared to 3.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Management and Commerce (12.6% compared to 18.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies (5.7% compared to 10.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Information Technology (1.1% compared to 3.7%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (All industries) in Byron Shire increased by 3,152 between 2016 and 2021.

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

  • Management and Commerce (+736 resident workers)
  • Creative Arts (+643 resident workers)
  • Society and Culture (+510 resident workers)
  • Health (+223 resident workers)

Byron Shire

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