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Local workers - Field of qualification - All industries

Within West Coast Council area, there are more with Engineering and Related Technologies 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 Cradle Coast 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 Cradle Coast 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
West Coast Council area - All industries2016
Field of qualification
(Click rows to view sub-categories)
Number%Tasmania %
Natural and Physical Sciences321.72.0
Information Technology100.51.4
Engineering and Related Technologies47024.510.0
Architecture and Building683.64.8
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies412.12.4
Health784.17.6
Education914.85.7
Management and Commerce1166.111.1
Society and Culture784.18.7
Creative Arts80.41.9
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services824.34.3
Not stated or inadequately described562.92.9
No qualification78541.037.2

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, Tasmania: 2.0% Information Technology, Tasmania: 1.4% Engineering and Related Technologies, Tasmania: 10.0% Architecture and Building, Tasmania: 4.8% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Tasmania: 2.4% Health, Tasmania: 7.6% Education, Tasmania: 5.7% Management and Commerce, Tasmania: 11.1% Society and Culture, Tasmania: 8.7% Creative Arts, Tasmania: 1.9% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Tasmania: 4.3% Not stated or inadequately described, Tasmania: 2.9% No qualification, Tasmania: 37.2% Natural and Physical Sciences, West Coast Council area: 1.7% Information Technology, West Coast Council area: 0.5% Engineering and Related Technologies, West Coast Council area: 24.5% Architecture and Building, West Coast Council area: 3.6% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, West Coast Council area: 2.1% Health, West Coast Council area: 4.1% Education, West Coast Council area: 4.8% Management and Commerce, West Coast Council area: 6.1% Society and Culture, West Coast Council area: 4.1% Creative Arts, West Coast Council area: 0.4% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, West Coast Council area: 4.3% Not stated or inadequately described, West Coast Council area: 2.9% No qualification, West Coast Council area: 41.0%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the fields of qualifications of the shows that the three largest fields of qualification were:

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (470 people or 24.5%)
  • Management and Commerce (116 people or 6.1%)
  • Education (91 people or 4.8%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 677 people in total or 35.4% of the .

In comparison, Tasmania employed 10.0% in Engineering and Related Technologies; 11.1% in Management and Commerce; and 5.7% in Education.

The major differences between the fields of qualifications of the in West Coast Council area and Tasmania were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Engineering and Related Technologies (24.5% compared to 10.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Management and Commerce (6.1% compared to 11.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Society and Culture (4.1% compared to 8.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Health (4.1% compared to 7.6%)

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