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Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers (All industries) qualified in Management and Commerce in Coffs Harbour City 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 Coffs Harbour City'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 Coffs Harbour City or within commuting distance, and their qualification requirements;
  • The availability of educational institutions with those curricula nearby;
  • The socio-economic status of Coffs Harbour City, 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:
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Resident workers field of qualification
Coffs Harbour City - Persons 20162011Change
Field of qualification (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2011 - 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences3681.22.12971.12.0+71
Information Technology3391.13.03081.12.6+31
Engineering and Related Technologies2,7909.410.42,6349.410.8+156
Architecture and Building1,5835.34.41,4745.34.1+109
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies7532.51.56822.41.5+71
Management and Commerce3,88713.117.13,38912.115.5+498
Society and Culture2,4898.48.81,9777.17.6+512
Creative Arts5141.73.14601.62.7+54
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services1,3254.53.31,1524.13.2+173
Mixed Field Programmes270.10.1230.10.1+4
Not stated or inadequately described7672.62.79483.43.5-181
No qualification10,01833.831.110,65638.134.8-638
Total Persons29,613100.0100.028,002100.0100.0+1,611

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 Coffs Harbour City shows that the three largest fields the resident workers (All industries) were qualified in were:

  • Management and Commerce (3,887 people or 13.1%)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (2,790 people or 9.4%)
  • Health (2,752 people or 9.3%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 9,429 people in total or 31.8% of the resident workers (All industries).

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

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

  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Management and Commerce (13.1% compared to 17.1%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Health (9.3% compared to 7.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Information Technology (1.1% compared to 3.0%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Education (6.8% compared to 5.4%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (All industries) in Coffs Harbour City increased by 1,611 between 2011 and 2016.

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

  • Society and Culture (+512 resident workers)
  • Management and Commerce (+498 resident workers)
  • Health (+485 resident workers)
  • Education (+266 resident workers)

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