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Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers qualified in Management and Commerce in Gold Coast City than in any other field.

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.

Field of qualifications should be looked at in conjunction with Qualification and Occupation statistics for a clearer picture of the skills available in the resident worker population.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 and 2016 – by usual residence

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Resident workers field of qualification
Gold Coast City 20162011Change
Field of qualification
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Number%Queensland%Number%Queensland%2011 to 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences3,1811.21.72,5041.11.5+677
Information Technology3,8971.51.83,2251.41.6+672
Engineering and Related Technologies24,4389.411.622,1669.611.6+2,272
Architecture and Building15,8446.14.813,3075.74.6+2,537
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies2,9491.11.52,6051.11.4+344
Health20,6357.97.715,1576.56.5+5,478
Education13,2965.15.610,7784.75.0+2,518
Management and Commerce38,39814.713.529,97112.911.7+8,427
Society and Culture20,7588.07.915,2336.66.6+5,525
Creative Arts6,7232.62.25,1322.21.9+1,591
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services13,5495.24.011,7445.13.7+1,805
Mixed Field Programmes2950.10.11590.10.1+136
Not stated or inadequately described6,4192.52.67,4513.23.3-1,032
No qualification90,17734.635.092,21739.840.6-2,040

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

Resident workers field of qualifications, 2016
Resident workers field of qualifications, 2016 Natural and Physical Sciences, Queensland : 1.7% Information Technology, Queensland : 1.8% Engineering and Related Technologies, Queensland : 11.6% Architecture and Building, Queensland : 4.8% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Queensland : 1.5% Health, Queensland : 7.7% Education, Queensland : 5.6% Management and Commerce, Queensland : 13.5% Society and Culture, Queensland : 7.9% Creative Arts, Queensland : 2.2% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Queensland : 4.0% Mixed Field Programmes, Queensland : 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, Queensland : 2.6% No qualification, Queensland : 35.0% Natural and Physical Sciences, Gold Coast City - All industries: 1.2% Information Technology, Gold Coast City - All industries: 1.5% Engineering and Related Technologies, Gold Coast City - All industries: 9.4% Architecture and Building, Gold Coast City - All industries: 6.1% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Gold Coast City - All industries: 1.1% Health, Gold Coast City - All industries: 7.9% Education, Gold Coast City - All industries: 5.1% Management and Commerce, Gold Coast City - All industries: 14.7% Society and Culture, Gold Coast City - All industries: 8.0% Creative Arts, Gold Coast City - All industries: 2.6% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Gold Coast City - All industries: 5.2% Mixed Field Programmes, Gold Coast City - All industries: 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, Gold Coast City - All industries: 2.5% No qualification, Gold Coast City - All industries: 34.6%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in resident workers field of qualifications, 2011 to 2016
Change in resident workers field of qualifications, 2011 to 2016 Natural and Physical Sciences, Gold Coast City - All industries: +677 Information Technology, Gold Coast City - All industries: +672 Engineering and Related Technologies, Gold Coast City - All industries: +2,272 Architecture and Building, Gold Coast City - All industries: +2,537 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Gold Coast City - All industries: +344 Health, Gold Coast City - All industries: +5,478 Education, Gold Coast City - All industries: +2,518 Management and Commerce, Gold Coast City - All industries: +8,427 Society and Culture, Gold Coast City - All industries: +5,525 Creative Arts, Gold Coast City - All industries: +1,591 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Gold Coast City - All industries: +1,805 Mixed Field Programmes, Gold Coast City - All industries: +136 Not stated or inadequately described, Gold Coast City - All industries: -1,032 No qualification, Gold Coast City - All industries: -2,040
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the field of qualifications in Gold Coast City shows that the three largest fields the resident workers were qualified in were:

  • Management and Commerce (38,398 people or 14.7%)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (24,438 people or 9.4%)
  • Society and Culture (20,758 people or 8.0%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 83,594 people in total or 32.1% of the resident workers .

In comparison, Queensland employed 13.5% in Management and Commerce; 11.6% in Engineering and Related Technologies; and 7.9% 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 larger percentage of resident workers qualified in Architecture and Building (6.1% compared to 4.8%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers qualified in Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (5.2% compared to 4.0%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers qualified in Management and Commerce (14.7% compared to 13.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies (9.4% compared to 11.6%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers in Gold Coast City increased by 28,910 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest changes in the field of qualifications held by the resident workers between 2011 and 2016 in Gold Coast City were for those qualified in:

  • Management and Commerce (+8,427 people)
  • Society and Culture (+5,525 people)
  • Health (+5,478 people)
  • Architecture and Building (+2,537 people)

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