Byron Shire

Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers (All industries) qualified in Society and Culture 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 2011 and 2016 – by usual residence

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Resident workers field of qualification
Byron Shire - Persons 20162011Change
Field of qualification (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2011 - 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences3092.32.12411.92.0+68
Information Technology1140.83.01201.02.6-6
Engineering and Related Technologies9447.010.49047.210.8+40
Architecture and Building8186.04.47325.84.1+86
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies3742.81.53462.71.5+28
Management and Commerce1,37010.117.11,1719.315.5+199
Society and Culture1,39510.38.81,2209.77.6+175
Creative Arts9296.93.16895.52.7+240
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services6644.93.35964.73.2+68
Mixed Field Programmes220.
Not stated or inadequately described5343.92.74053.23.5+129
No qualification3,76527.831.14,13832.834.8-373
Total Persons13,559100.0100.012,617100.0100.0+942

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

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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:

  • Society and Culture (1,395 people or 10.3%)
  • Management and Commerce (1,370 people or 10.1%)
  • Health (1,362 people or 10.0%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 4,127 people in total or 30.4% of the resident workers (All industries).

In comparison, New South Wales employed 8.8% in Society and Culture; 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 Byron Shire and New South Wales were:

  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Management and Commerce (10.1% compared to 17.1%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Creative Arts (6.9% compared to 3.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies (7.0% compared to 10.4%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Health (10.0% compared to 7.1%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (All industries) in Byron Shire increased by 942 between 2011 and 2016.

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

  • Creative Arts (+240 resident workers)
  • Health (+215 resident workers)
  • Management and Commerce (+199 resident workers)
  • Society and Culture (+175 resident workers)

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