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Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers (All industries) qualified in Management and Commerce in the Canberra Region 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 the Canberra Region'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 the Canberra Region or within commuting distance, and their qualification requirements;
  • The availability of educational institutions with those curricula nearby;
  • The socio-economic status of the Canberra Region, 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
Canberra Region - Persons 20162011Change
Field of qualification (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. NSWNumber%. NSW2011 - 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences2,0981.72.11,9021.62.0+196
Information Technology1,8561.53.01,6931.42.6+163
Engineering and Related Technologies13,06310.510.412,72110.610.8+342
Architecture and Building6,5475.34.45,8704.94.1+677
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies4,2753.51.53,8383.21.5+437
Health8,2956.77.17,3946.26.4+901
Education7,1525.85.46,4315.45.1+721
Management and Commerce14,88512.017.113,28511.115.5+1,600
Society and Culture11,1579.08.89,1147.67.6+2,043
Creative Arts2,5252.03.12,1461.82.7+379
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services4,9854.03.34,4483.73.2+537
Mixed Field Programmes830.10.1450.00.1+38
Not stated or inadequately described4,0423.32.74,3573.63.5-315
No qualification42,92834.631.146,88439.034.8-3,956
Total Persons123,891100.0100.0120,128100.0100.0+3,763

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

  • Management and Commerce (14,885 people or 12.0%)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (13,063 people or 10.5%)
  • Society and Culture (11,157 people or 9.0%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 39,105 people in total or 31.5% of the resident workers (All industries).

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 field of qualifications held by the resident workers () of the Canberra Region and NSW were:

  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Management and Commerce (12.0% compared to 17.1%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (3.5% compared to 1.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Information Technology (1.5% compared to 3.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Creative Arts (2.0% compared to 3.1%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (All industries) in the Canberra Region increased by 3,763 between 2011 and 2016.

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

  • Society and Culture (+2,043 resident workers)
  • Management and Commerce (+1,600 resident workers)
  • Health (+901 resident workers)
  • Education (+721 resident workers)

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