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Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing) qualified in Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies 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%New South Wales%Number%New South Wales%2011 to 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences60.81.491.01.1-3
Information Technology00.00.630.30.4-3
Engineering and Related Technologies8511.69.39410.78.0-9
Architecture and Building71.02.330.32.0+4
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies10814.815.811513.114.6-7
Health263.62.7323.62.7-6
Education253.42.5182.12.4+7
Management and Commerce537.28.0576.56.7-4
Society and Culture263.63.0192.22.5+7
Creative Arts81.11.060.70.7+2
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services81.11.8121.41.5-4
Mixed Field Programmes00.00.100.00.00
Not stated or inadequately described253.43.2354.03.6-10
No qualification35548.548.447454.053.9-119

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, New South Wales - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing  : 1.4% Information Technology, New South Wales - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing  : 0.6% Engineering and Related Technologies, New South Wales - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing  : 9.3% Architecture and Building, New South Wales - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing  : 2.3% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, New South Wales - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing  : 15.8% Health, New South Wales - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing  : 2.7% Education, New South Wales - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing  : 2.5% Management and Commerce, New South Wales - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing  : 8.0% Society and Culture, New South Wales - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing  : 3.0% Creative Arts, New South Wales - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing  : 1.0% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, New South Wales - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing  : 1.8% Mixed Field Programmes, New South Wales - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing  : 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, New South Wales - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing  : 3.2% No qualification, New South Wales - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing  : 48.4% Natural and Physical Sciences, Gunnedah Shire - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: 0.8% Information Technology, Gunnedah Shire - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: 0.0% Engineering and Related Technologies, Gunnedah Shire - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: 11.6% Architecture and Building, Gunnedah Shire - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: 1.0% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Gunnedah Shire - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: 14.8% Health, Gunnedah Shire - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: 3.6% Education, Gunnedah Shire - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: 3.4% Management and Commerce, Gunnedah Shire - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: 7.2% Society and Culture, Gunnedah Shire - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: 3.6% Creative Arts, Gunnedah Shire - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: 1.1% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Gunnedah Shire - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: 1.1% Mixed Field Programmes, Gunnedah Shire - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: 0.0% Not stated or inadequately described, Gunnedah Shire - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: 3.4% No qualification, Gunnedah Shire - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: 48.5%
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 - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: -3 Information Technology, Gunnedah Shire - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: -3 Engineering and Related Technologies, Gunnedah Shire - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: -9 Architecture and Building, Gunnedah Shire - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: +4 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Gunnedah Shire - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: -7 Health, Gunnedah Shire - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: -6 Education, Gunnedah Shire - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: +7 Management and Commerce, Gunnedah Shire - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: -4 Society and Culture, Gunnedah Shire - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: +7 Creative Arts, Gunnedah Shire - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: +2 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Gunnedah Shire - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: -4 Mixed Field Programmes, Gunnedah Shire - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: 0 Not stated or inadequately described, Gunnedah Shire - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: -10 No qualification, Gunnedah Shire - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: -119
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 (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing) were qualified in were:

  • Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (108 people or 14.8%)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (85 people or 11.6%)
  • Management and Commerce (53 people or 7.2%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 246 people in total or 33.6% of the resident workers (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing).

In comparison, New South Wales employed 15.8% in Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies; 9.3% in Engineering and Related Technologies; and 8.0% in Management and Commerce.

The major differences between the field of qualifications held by the resident workers (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing) of the Gunnedah Shire and New South Wales were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing) qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies (11.6% compared to 9.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing) qualified in Architecture and Building (1.0% compared to 2.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing) qualified in Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (14.8% compared to 15.8%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing) in the Gunnedah Shire decreased by 145 between 2011 and 2016.

There were no major changes in field of qualifications held by the resident workers (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing) between 2011 and 2016 in the Gunnedah Shire.

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