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Local workers - Field of qualification - All industries

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

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 FNQROC;
  • 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 FNQROC.

Data source

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

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Local workers field of qualification - Summary
FNQROC - All industries20212016Change
Field of qualification (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2016 - 2021
Natural and Physical Sciences2,0331.731.821,7011.551.67+332
Information Technology1,0960.932.079170.841.79+179
Engineering and Related Technologies12,85110.9510.9512,95511.8711.44-104
Architecture and Building4,5073.844.554,2853.924.81+222
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies2,3882.031.492,1912.001.49+197
Management and Commerce14,11212.0214.6912,35711.3313.55+1,755
Society and Culture10,5488.989.118,3237.637.95+2,225
Creative Arts2,0481.742.571,6711.532.22+377
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services6,1455.234.215,5125.054.00+633
Mixed Field Programmes920.070.09990.090.10-7
Not stated or inadequately described4,0333.432.963,4263.142.57+607
No qualification38,59332.8930.6639,87636.5635.00-1,283
Total Persons117,335100.00100.00109,056100.00100.00+8,279

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 (14,112 people or 12.0%)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (12,851 people or 11.0%)
  • Health (10,982 people or 9.4%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 37,945 people in total or32.3% of All industries.

In comparison, Queensland employed 14.7% in Management and Commerce; 11.0% in Engineering and Related Technologies and 8.9% in Health.

The major differences between the fields of qualifications of the workforce in FNQROC and Queensland were:

  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Management and Commerce (12.0% compared to 14.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Information Technology (0.9% compared to 2.1%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (5.2% compared to 4.2%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Education (6.7% compared to 5.9%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Society and Culture (+2,225.00 local workers)
  • Health (+2,169.00 local workers)
  • Management and Commerce (+1,755.00 local workers)
  • Education (+977.00 local workers)

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