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Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers (All industries) qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies in the Gunnedah Shire 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 the Gunnedah Shire'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 the Gunnedah Shire or within commuting distance, and their qualification requirements;
  • The availability of educational institutions with those curricula nearby;
  • The socio-economic status of the Gunnedah Shire, and;
  • The mobility of the population to move where particular skills are required.

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

Data source

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

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Resident workers field of qualification
Gunnedah Shire - Persons 20162011Change
Field of qualification (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. Rental, Hiring and Real Estate ServicesNumber%. Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services2011 - 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences470.90501.00-3
Information Technology180.30260.50-8
Engineering and Related Technologies80514.911.867112.85.1+134
Architecture and Building1492.801272.40+22
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies2374.402404.60-3
Health3416.34.43126.00+29
Education3246.05.93005.75.1+24
Management and Commerce54710.233.84448.542.4+103
Society and Culture3396.302364.50+103
Creative Arts410.80320.60+9
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services1733.201613.10+12
Mixed Field Programmes30.10000+3
Not stated or inadequately described2264.24.42013.80+25
No qualification2,13539.639.72,43346.547.5-298
Total Persons5,385100.0100.05,233100.0100.0+152

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 field of qualifications in the Gunnedah Shire shows that the three largest fields the resident workers (All industries) were qualified in were:

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (805 people or 14.9%)
  • Management and Commerce (547 people or 10.2%)
  • Health (341 people or 6.3%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 1,693 people in total or 31.4% of the resident workers (All industries).

In comparison, the Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services workforce in the Gunnedah Shire employed 11.8% in Engineering and Related Technologies; 33.8% in Management and Commerce and 4.4% in Health.

The major differences between the field of qualifications held by the resident workers () of the Gunnedah Shire and the Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services workforce were:

  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Management and Commerce (10.2% compared to 33.8%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies (14.9% compared to 11.8%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Health (6.3% compared to 4.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Not stated or inadequately described (4.2% compared to 4.4%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (All industries) in the Gunnedah Shire increased by 152 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest change in the field of qualifications held by the resident workers (All industries) between 2011 and 2016 in the Gunnedah Shire was for those qualified in:

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (+134 resident workers)
  • Management and Commerce (+103 resident workers)
  • Society and Culture (+103 resident workers)
  • Health (+29 resident workers)

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