Canberra Region

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 2016 and 2021 – by usual residence

Current area:
Current industry:
Current benchmark:
Did you know? By clicking/tapping on a data row in the table you will be able to see sub categories.
Resident workers field of qualification
Canberra Region - Persons20212016Change
Field of qualification (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. NSWNumber%. NSW2016 - 2021
Natural and Physical Sciences2,5621.82.32,0981.72.1+464
Information Technology2,7041.93.71,8561.53.0+848
Engineering and Related Technologies14,24010.010.013,06310.510.4+1,177
Architecture and Building7,8285.54.36,5475.34.4+1,281
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies4,5483.21.54,2753.51.5+273
Management and Commerce18,76313.218.314,88512.017.1+3,878
Society and Culture13,8319.79.711,1579.08.8+2,674
Creative Arts3,3612.43.42,5252.03.1+836
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services5,7474.13.24,9854.03.3+762
Mixed Field Programmes990.10.1830.10.1+16
Not stated or inadequately described4,4063.12.84,0423.32.7+364
No qualification44,70631.527.042,92834.631.1+1,778
Total Persons141,866100.0100.0123,891100.0100.0+17,975

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016 and2021. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions)

Please refer to specific data notes for more information
Did you know? By clicking/tapping on a category in the chart below you will be able to drilldown to the sub categories.
loading animation
loading animation

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 (18,763 people or 13.2%)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (14,240 people or 10.0%)
  • Society and Culture (13,831 people or 9.7%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 46,834 people in total or 33.0% of the resident workers (All industries).

In comparison, NSW employed 18.3% in Management and Commerce; 10.0% in Engineering and Related Technologies and 9.7% 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 (13.2% compared to 18.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Information Technology (1.9% compared to 3.7%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (3.2% compared to 1.5%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Architecture and Building (5.5% compared to 4.3%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (All industries) in the Canberra Region increased by 17,975 between 2016 and 2021.

The largest change in the field of qualifications held by the resident workers (All industries) between 2016 and 2021 in the Canberra Region was for those qualified in:

  • Management and Commerce (+3,878 resident workers)
  • Society and Culture (+2,674 resident workers)
  • Health (+2,108 resident workers)
  • Education (+1,516 resident workers)

Canberra Region Joint Organisation area

economic profile