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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 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work

Please note – The 2016 Census used a new methodology to “impute” a work location to people who didn’t state their workplace address. As a result, 2016 and 2011 place of work data are not normally comparable. To allow comparison between 2011 and 2016, .id has sourced a 2011 dataset from the ABS which was experimentally imputed using the same methodology. To provide this detail, the Canberra Region in 2011 had to be constructed from a best fit of Work Destination Zones (DZNs). While it may not be an exact match to the LGA or region boundary, it is considered close enough to allow some comparison. Users should treat this time series data with caution, however, and not compare directly with 2011 data from any other source.
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Local workers field of qualification - Summary
Canberra Region - All industries 20162011Change
Field of qualification (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. NSWNumber%. NSW2011 - 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences1,3401.382.101,1331.201.96+207
Information Technology8420.862.957550.792.59+87
Engineering and Related Technologies10,40110.7210.3810,09610.6910.80+305
Architecture and Building4,5474.684.354,1174.364.04+430
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies3,5993.711.533,1833.371.51+416
Management and Commerce10,70511.0317.099,44010.0015.52+1,265
Society and Culture7,9768.228.776,4776.867.61+1,499
Creative Arts1,8551.913.061,5121.602.69+343
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services4,3214.453.323,9044.133.22+417
Mixed Field Programmes750.070.10480.050.05+27
Not stated or inadequately described3,1643.262.693,4193.623.49-255
No qualification35,08736.1731.1338,55140.8434.86-3,464
Total Persons96,980100.00100.0094,380100.00100.00+2,600

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

  • Management and Commerce (10,705 people or 11.0%)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (10,401 people or 10.7%)
  • Society and Culture (7,976 people or 8.2%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 29,082 people in total or30.0% of 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 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 (11.0% compared to 17.1%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (3.7% compared to 1.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Information Technology (0.9% compared to 3.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Creative Arts (1.9% compared to 3.1%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in fields of qualifications of the total workforce in Canberra Region between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Society and Culture (+1,499.00 local workers)
  • Management and Commerce (+1,265.00 local workers)
  • Health (+780.00 local workers)
  • Education (+543.00 local workers)

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