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 Gold Coast City'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 Gold Coast City or within commuting distance, and their qualification requirements;
- The availability of educational institutions with those curricula nearby;
- The socio-economic status of Gold Coast City, and;
- The mobility of the population to move where particular skills are required.
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 and 2021 – by usual residence
|Resident workers field of qualification|
|Gold Coast City - Persons||2021||2016||Change|
|Field of qualification (Click rows to view sub-categories)||Number||%||Queensland||Number||%||Queensland||2016 - 2021|
|Natural and Physical Sciences||4,240||1.4||1.8||3,181||1.2||1.7||+1,059|
|Engineering and Related Technologies||26,880||8.8||11.0||24,438||9.4||11.6||+2,442|
|Architecture and Building||17,526||5.7||4.5||15,844||6.1||4.8||+1,682|
|Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies||3,264||1.1||1.5||2,949||1.1||1.5||+315|
|Management and Commerce||49,746||16.3||14.7||38,398||14.7||13.5||+11,348|
|Society and Culture||27,502||9.0||9.1||20,758||8.0||7.9||+6,744|
|Food, Hospitality and Personal Services||16,144||5.3||4.2||13,549||5.2||4.0||+2,595|
|Mixed Field Programmes||257||0.1||0.1||295||0.1||0.1||-38|
|Not stated or inadequately described||8,878||2.9||3.0||6,419||2.5||2.6||+2,459|
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Analysis of the field of qualifications in Gold Coast City shows that the three largest fields the resident workers (All industries) were qualified in were:
- Management and Commerce (49,746 people or 16.3%)
- Health (28,532 people or 9.4%)
- Society and Culture (27,502 people or 9.0%)
In combination these three fields accounted for 105,780 people in total or 34.7% of the resident workers (All industries).
In comparison, Queensland employed 14.7% in Management and Commerce; 8.9% in Health and 9.1% in Society and Culture.
The major differences between the field of qualifications held by the resident workers () of Gold Coast City and Queensland were:
- A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies (8.8% compared to 11.0%)
- A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Management and Commerce (16.3% compared to 14.7%)
- A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Architecture and Building (5.7% compared to 4.5%)
- A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (5.3% compared to 4.2%)
The number of resident workers (All industries) in Gold Coast City increased by 44,554 between 2016 and 2021.
The largest change in the field of qualifications held by the resident workers (All industries) between 2016 and 2021 in Gold Coast City was for those qualified in:
- Management and Commerce (+11,348 resident workers)
- Health (+7,897 resident workers)
- Society and Culture (+6,744 resident workers)
- Education (+3,556 resident workers)