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Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers 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 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
Gunnedah Shire 20162011Change
Field of qualification
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Number%Administrative and Support Services%Number%Administrative and Support Services%2011 to 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences470.93.5501.00.0-3
Information Technology180.30.0260.50.0-8
Engineering and Related Technologies80514.98.567112.87.7+134
Architecture and Building1492.80.01272.42.6+22
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies2374.46.32404.66.0-3
Health3416.34.93126.02.6+29
Education3246.00.03005.72.6+24
Management and Commerce54710.212.74448.512.0+103
Society and Culture3396.311.32364.56.8+103
Creative Arts410.80.0320.60.0+9
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services1733.20.01613.10.0+12
Mixed Field Programmes30.10.000.00.0+3
Not stated or inadequately described2264.22.82013.86.0+25
No qualification2,13539.650.02,43346.553.8-298

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, Gunnedah Shire - Administrative and Support Services : 3.5% Information Technology, Gunnedah Shire - Administrative and Support Services : 0.0% Engineering and Related Technologies, Gunnedah Shire - Administrative and Support Services : 8.5% Architecture and Building, Gunnedah Shire - Administrative and Support Services : 0.0% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Gunnedah Shire - Administrative and Support Services : 6.3% Health, Gunnedah Shire - Administrative and Support Services : 4.9% Education, Gunnedah Shire - Administrative and Support Services : 0.0% Management and Commerce, Gunnedah Shire - Administrative and Support Services : 12.7% Society and Culture, Gunnedah Shire - Administrative and Support Services : 11.3% Creative Arts, Gunnedah Shire - Administrative and Support Services : 0.0% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Gunnedah Shire - Administrative and Support Services : 0.0% Mixed Field Programmes, Gunnedah Shire - Administrative and Support Services : 0.0% Not stated or inadequately described, Gunnedah Shire - Administrative and Support Services : 2.8% No qualification, Gunnedah Shire - Administrative and Support Services : 50.0% Natural and Physical Sciences, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: 0.9% Information Technology, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: 0.3% Engineering and Related Technologies, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: 14.9% Architecture and Building, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: 2.8% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: 4.4% Health, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: 6.3% Education, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: 6.0% Management and Commerce, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: 10.2% Society and Culture, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: 6.3% Creative Arts, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: 0.8% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: 3.2% Mixed Field Programmes, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: 4.2% No qualification, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: 39.6%
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, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: -3 Information Technology, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: -8 Engineering and Related Technologies, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: +134 Architecture and Building, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: +22 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: -3 Health, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: +29 Education, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: +24 Management and Commerce, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: +103 Society and Culture, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: +103 Creative Arts, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: +9 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: +12 Mixed Field Programmes, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: +3 Not stated or inadequately described, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: +25 No qualification, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: -298
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 the Gunnedah Shire shows that the three largest fields the resident workers 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 .

In comparison, Administrative and Support Services employed 8.5% in Engineering and Related Technologies; 12.7% in Management and Commerce; and 4.9% in Health.

The major differences between the field of qualifications held by the resident workers of the Gunnedah Shire and Administrative and Support Services were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies (14.9% compared to 8.5%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers qualified in Education (6.0% compared to 0.0%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers qualified in Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (3.2% compared to 0.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers qualified in Society and Culture (6.3% compared to 11.3%)

Emerging groups

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

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

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (+134 people)
  • Management and Commerce (+103 people)
  • Society and Culture (+103 people)

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