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Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers (Mining) 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%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2011 - 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences121.62.330.82.7+9
Information Technology000.8000.7--
Engineering and Related Technologies28138.144.712331.940.8+158
Architecture and Building273.74.5184.74.7+9
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies263.52.1164.22.2+10
Health172.31.751.31.4+12
Education30.41.1000.6+3
Management and Commerce466.29.0225.78.1+24
Society and Culture131.81.861.61.7+7
Creative Arts000.4000.4--
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services304.12.1164.22.1+14
Mixed Field Programmes000.0000.0--
Not stated or inadequately described263.53.0143.63.2+12
No qualification25634.726.516242.131.4+94
Total Persons737100.0100.0385100.0100.0+352

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 (Mining) were qualified in were:

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (281 people or 38.1%)
  • Management and Commerce (46 people or 6.2%)
  • Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (30 people or 4.1%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 357 people in total or 48.4% of the resident workers (Mining).

In comparison, New South Wales employed 44.7% in Engineering and Related Technologies; 9.0% in Management and Commerce and 2.1% in Food, Hospitality and Personal Services.

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

  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Mining) qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies (38.1% compared to 44.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Mining) qualified in Management and Commerce (6.2% compared to 9.0%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Mining) qualified in Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (4.1% compared to 2.1%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Mining) qualified in Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (3.5% compared to 2.1%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (Mining) in the Gunnedah Shire increased by 352 between 2011 and 2016.

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

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (+158 resident workers)
  • Management and Commerce (+24 resident workers)
  • Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (+14 resident workers)
  • Health (+12 resident workers)

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