Canberra Region

Local workers - Field of qualification - All industries

Management and Commerce is the most common qualification for workers in the Canberra Region.

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 the 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 the Canberra Region.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 & 2021 – by place of work

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Local workers field of qualification - Summary
Canberra Region - All industries20212016Change
Field of qualification (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. NSWNumber%. NSW2016 - 2021
Natural and Physical Sciences1,6491.472.321,3401.382.10+309
Information Technology1,2721.143.708420.862.95+430
Engineering and Related Technologies11,44910.2710.0010,40110.7210.38+1,048
Architecture and Building5,6265.044.284,5474.684.35+1,079
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies3,8203.421.513,5993.711.53+221
Management and Commerce13,41512.0318.3010,70511.0317.09+2,710
Society and Culture9,7978.799.647,9768.228.77+1,821
Creative Arts2,4372.183.421,8551.913.06+582
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services5,0334.513.224,3214.453.32+712
Mixed Field Programmes950.080.07750.070.10+20
Not stated or inadequately described3,4083.052.783,1643.262.69+244
No qualification37,29033.4527.0135,08736.1731.13+2,203
Total Persons111,453100.00100.0096,980100.00100.00+14,473

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016 and 2021. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions)

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Dominant groups

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

  • Management and Commerce (13,415 people or 12.0%)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (11,449 people or 10.3%)
  • Society and Culture (9,797 people or 8.8%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 34,661 people in total or31.1% of All industries.

In comparison, NSW employed 18.3% in Management and Commerce; 10.0% in Engineering and Related Technologies and 9.6% in Society and Culture.

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

  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Management and Commerce (12.0% compared to 18.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Information Technology (1.1% compared to 3.7%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (3.4% compared to 1.5%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (4.5% compared to 3.2%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in fields of qualifications of the total workforce in Canberra Region between 2016 and 2021 were:

  • Management and Commerce (+2,710.00 local workers)
  • Health (+1,835.00 local workers)
  • Society and Culture (+1,821.00 local workers)
  • Education (+1,259.00 local workers)

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