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Local workers - Field of qualification - All industries

Engineering and Related Technologies 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 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 FNQROC 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
FNQROC - All industries 20162011Change
Field of qualification (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2011 - 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences8341.541.648111.491.57+23
Information Technology6981.292.776101.122.42+88
Engineering and Related Technologies12,29822.7520.8711,86221.8920.83+436
Architecture and Building4,0557.508.644,1647.688.12-109
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies1,5642.892.081,4222.622.01+142
Management and Commerce3,9057.2210.413,3436.178.74+562
Society and Culture2,4134.464.911,9603.614.02+453
Creative Arts5821.071.775290.971.48+53
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services2,3784.403.012,1964.052.86+182
Mixed Field Programmes530.090.11310.050.06+22
Not stated or inadequately described1,9203.552.962,4514.523.65-531
No qualification19,46636.0234.5421,66739.9938.85-2,201
Total Males54,034100.00100.0054,174100.00100.00-140

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id the population experts

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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:

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (12,298 people or 22.8%)
  • Architecture and Building (4,055 people or 7.5%)
  • Management and Commerce (3,905 people or 7.2%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 20,258 people in total or37.5% of All industries.

In comparison, Queensland employed 20.9% in Engineering and Related Technologies; 8.6% in Architecture and Building and 10.4% in Management and Commerce.

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 (7.2% compared to 10.4%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Engineering and Related Technologies (22.8% compared to 20.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Information Technology (1.3% compared to 2.8%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (4.4% compared to 3.0%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Management and Commerce (+562.00 local workers)
  • Health (+555.00 local workers)
  • Society and Culture (+453.00 local workers)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (+436.00 local workers)

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