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Local workers - Field of qualification - All industries

Within Gold Coast City, there are more with Management and Commerce qualifications than any other field of qualification.

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 Gold Coast City;
  • 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 Gold Coast City.

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, Gold Coast City 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
Gold Coast City - All industries20162011Change
Field of qualification
(Click rows to view sub-categories)
Number%Queensland %Number%Queensland %2011 to 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences2,9271.21.72,1651.11.5+762
Information Technology3,3571.41.82,6921.31.6+665
Engineering and Related Technologies20,7888.811.418,1288.911.6+2,660
Architecture and Building11,6294.94.89,1844.54.6+2,445
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies2,7061.11.52,2761.11.4+430
Health19,5088.37.714,0416.96.5+5,467
Education12,6305.45.610,1745.05.0+2,456
Management and Commerce34,90414.813.626,44013.011.7+8,464
Society and Culture18,6177.98.013,3746.66.6+5,243
Creative Arts6,2992.72.24,7642.31.9+1,535
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services12,6205.44.010,6835.23.7+1,937
Mixed Field Programmes2720.10.11360.10.1+136
Not stated or inadequately described5,7782.52.66,5773.23.3-799
No qualification83,48635.435.083,07540.840.6+411

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

Local workers field of qualification, 2016
Local workers field of qualification, 2016 Natural and Physical Sciences, Queensland: 1.7% Information Technology, Queensland: 1.8% Engineering and Related Technologies, Queensland: 11.4% 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: 13.6% Society and Culture, Queensland: 8.0% 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: 1.2% Information Technology, Gold Coast City: 1.4% Engineering and Related Technologies, Gold Coast City: 8.8% Architecture and Building, Gold Coast City: 4.9% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Gold Coast City: 1.1% Health, Gold Coast City: 8.3% Education, Gold Coast City: 5.4% Management and Commerce, Gold Coast City: 14.8% Society and Culture, Gold Coast City: 7.9% Creative Arts, Gold Coast City: 2.7% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Gold Coast City: 5.4% Mixed Field Programmes, Gold Coast City: 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, Gold Coast City: 2.5% No qualification, Gold Coast City: 35.4%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in local workers field of qualification, 2016
Change in local workers field of qualification, 2016 Natural and Physical Sciences, Gold Coast City - All industries: +762 Information Technology, Gold Coast City - All industries: +665 Engineering and Related Technologies, Gold Coast City - All industries: +2,660 Architecture and Building, Gold Coast City - All industries: +2,445 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Gold Coast City - All industries: +430 Health, Gold Coast City - All industries: +5,467 Education, Gold Coast City - All industries: +2,456 Management and Commerce, Gold Coast City - All industries: +8,464 Society and Culture, Gold Coast City - All industries: +5,243 Creative Arts, Gold Coast City - All industries: +1,535 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Gold Coast City - All industries: +1,937 Mixed Field Programmes, Gold Coast City - All industries: +136 Not stated or inadequately described, Gold Coast City - All industries: -799 No qualification, Gold Coast City - All industries: +411
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 fields of qualifications of the shows that the three largest fields of qualification were:

  • Management and Commerce (34,904 people or 14.8%)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (20,788 people or 8.8%)
  • Health (19,508 people or 8.3%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 75,200 people in total or 31.9% of the .

In comparison, Queensland employed 13.6% in Management and Commerce; 11.4% in Engineering and Related Technologies; and 7.7% in Health.

The major differences between the fields of qualifications of the workforce in Gold Coast City and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (5.4% compared to 4.0%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Management and Commerce (14.8% compared to 13.6%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Health (8.3% compared to 7.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Engineering and Related Technologies (8.8% compared to 11.4%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in fields of qualifications of the workforce in Gold Coast City between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Management and Commerce (+8,464 local workers)
  • Health (+5,467 local workers)
  • Society and Culture (+5,243 local workers)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (+2,660 local workers)

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