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Local workers - Field of qualification - All industries

Within the Canberra Region, 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 Canberra Region;
  • 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 Canberra Region.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2006 and 2011 – by place of work

Please note: Currently only 2016 data are available for work destination. 2011 data are not comparable due to a change in methodology in 2016 which “imputed” a work destination to those workers who didn’t state their work destination. This means comparisons with earlier years should not be made. .id are currently sourcing data collected under the same methodology in 2011 which will be added to this page at a later date. For a detailed case study of this issue please visit our blog post.

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Local workers field of qualification - Summary
Canberra Region - All industries2016
Field of qualification
(Click rows to view sub-categories)
Number%NSW %
Natural and Physical Sciences1,0261.42.1
Information Technology6730.93.0
Engineering and Related Technologies7,64810.510.4
Architecture and Building3,5294.84.4
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies2,7923.81.5
Management and Commerce7,88210.817.1
Society and Culture6,1268.48.8
Creative Arts1,2981.83.1
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services3,2564.53.3
Mixed Field Programmes440.10.1
Not stated or inadequately described2,4573.42.7
No qualification26,69236.531.1

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, NSW: 2.1% Information Technology, NSW: 3.0% Engineering and Related Technologies, NSW: 10.4% Architecture and Building, NSW: 4.4% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, NSW: 1.5% Health, NSW: 7.1% Education, NSW: 5.4% Management and Commerce, NSW: 17.1% Society and Culture, NSW: 8.8% Creative Arts, NSW: 3.1% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, NSW: 3.3% Mixed Field Programmes, NSW: 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, NSW: 2.7% No qualification, NSW: 31.1% Natural and Physical Sciences, Canberra Region: 1.4% Information Technology, Canberra Region: 0.9% Engineering and Related Technologies, Canberra Region: 10.5% Architecture and Building, Canberra Region: 4.8% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Canberra Region: 3.8% Health, Canberra Region: 7.0% Education, Canberra Region: 6.4% Management and Commerce, Canberra Region: 10.8% Society and Culture, Canberra Region: 8.4% Creative Arts, Canberra Region: 1.8% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Canberra Region: 4.5% Mixed Field Programmes, Canberra Region: 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, Canberra Region: 3.4% No qualification, Canberra Region: 36.5%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in 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 (7,882 people or 10.8%)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (7,648 people or 10.5%)
  • Society and Culture (6,126 people or 8.4%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 21,656 people in total or 29.6% of the .

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

The major differences between the fields of qualifications of the in the Canberra Region and NSW were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (3.8% compared to 1.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Management and Commerce (10.8% compared to 17.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Information Technology (0.9% compared to 3.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Creative Arts (1.8% compared to 3.1%)

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