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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
(Click rows to view sub-categories)
Number%Health Care and Social Assistance%Number%Health Care and Social Assistance%2011 to 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences470.90.7501.02.0-3
Information Technology180.30.0260.50.0-8
Engineering and Related Technologies80514.90.667112.80.6+134
Architecture and Building1492.80.01272.40.0+22
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies2374.41.32404.60.6-3
Health3416.339.43126.038.3+29
Education3246.03.73005.71.8+24
Management and Commerce54710.27.24448.58.3+103
Society and Culture3396.319.62364.516.2+103
Creative Arts410.80.7320.60.0+9
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services1733.22.01613.10.6+12
Mixed Field Programmes30.10.000.00.0+3
Not stated or inadequately described2264.23.02013.83.0+25
No qualification2,13539.621.82,43346.528.4-298

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 - Health Care and Social Assistance : 0.7% Information Technology, Gunnedah Shire - Health Care and Social Assistance : 0.0% Engineering and Related Technologies, Gunnedah Shire - Health Care and Social Assistance : 0.6% Architecture and Building, Gunnedah Shire - Health Care and Social Assistance : 0.0% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Gunnedah Shire - Health Care and Social Assistance : 1.3% Health, Gunnedah Shire - Health Care and Social Assistance : 39.4% Education, Gunnedah Shire - Health Care and Social Assistance : 3.7% Management and Commerce, Gunnedah Shire - Health Care and Social Assistance : 7.2% Society and Culture, Gunnedah Shire - Health Care and Social Assistance : 19.6% Creative Arts, Gunnedah Shire - Health Care and Social Assistance : 0.7% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Gunnedah Shire - Health Care and Social Assistance : 2.0% Mixed Field Programmes, Gunnedah Shire - Health Care and Social Assistance : 0.0% Not stated or inadequately described, Gunnedah Shire - Health Care and Social Assistance : 3.0% No qualification, Gunnedah Shire - Health Care and Social Assistance : 21.8% 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, Health Care and Social Assistance employed 0.6% in Engineering and Related Technologies; 7.2% in Management and Commerce; and 39.4% in Health.

The major differences between the field of qualifications held by the resident workers of the Gunnedah Shire and Health Care and Social Assistance were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies (14.9% compared to 0.6%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers qualified in Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (4.4% compared to 1.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers qualified in Health (6.3% compared to 39.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers qualified in Society and Culture (6.3% compared to 19.6%)

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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