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Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers (Wholesale Trade) 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%New South Wales%Number%New South Wales%2011 to 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences00.02.800.02.40
Information Technology00.04.300.03.80
Engineering and Related Technologies3424.113.92316.512.9+11
Architecture and Building64.31.700.01.7+6
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies1611.31.6117.91.5+5
Health00.02.600.02.10
Education32.11.232.21.20
Management and Commerce2316.325.01913.721.4+4
Society and Culture42.84.332.23.6+1
Creative Arts00.02.800.02.50
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services00.02.575.02.8-7
Mixed Field Programmes00.00.100.00.00
Not stated or inadequately described53.52.153.63.30
No qualification5035.535.16848.940.7-18

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 - Wholesale Trade  : 2.8% Information Technology, New South Wales - Wholesale Trade  : 4.3% Engineering and Related Technologies, New South Wales - Wholesale Trade  : 13.9% Architecture and Building, New South Wales - Wholesale Trade  : 1.7% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, New South Wales - Wholesale Trade  : 1.6% Health, New South Wales - Wholesale Trade  : 2.6% Education, New South Wales - Wholesale Trade  : 1.2% Management and Commerce, New South Wales - Wholesale Trade  : 25.0% Society and Culture, New South Wales - Wholesale Trade  : 4.3% Creative Arts, New South Wales - Wholesale Trade  : 2.8% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, New South Wales - Wholesale Trade  : 2.5% Mixed Field Programmes, New South Wales - Wholesale Trade  : 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, New South Wales - Wholesale Trade  : 2.1% No qualification, New South Wales - Wholesale Trade  : 35.1% Natural and Physical Sciences, Gunnedah Shire - Wholesale Trade: 0.0% Information Technology, Gunnedah Shire - Wholesale Trade: 0.0% Engineering and Related Technologies, Gunnedah Shire - Wholesale Trade: 24.1% Architecture and Building, Gunnedah Shire - Wholesale Trade: 4.3% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Gunnedah Shire - Wholesale Trade: 11.3% Health, Gunnedah Shire - Wholesale Trade: 0.0% Education, Gunnedah Shire - Wholesale Trade: 2.1% Management and Commerce, Gunnedah Shire - Wholesale Trade: 16.3% Society and Culture, Gunnedah Shire - Wholesale Trade: 2.8% Creative Arts, Gunnedah Shire - Wholesale Trade: 0.0% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Gunnedah Shire - Wholesale Trade: 0.0% Mixed Field Programmes, Gunnedah Shire - Wholesale Trade: 0.0% Not stated or inadequately described, Gunnedah Shire - Wholesale Trade: 3.5% No qualification, Gunnedah Shire - Wholesale Trade: 35.5%
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 - Wholesale Trade: 0 Information Technology, Gunnedah Shire - Wholesale Trade: 0 Engineering and Related Technologies, Gunnedah Shire - Wholesale Trade: +11 Architecture and Building, Gunnedah Shire - Wholesale Trade: +6 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Gunnedah Shire - Wholesale Trade: +5 Health, Gunnedah Shire - Wholesale Trade: 0 Education, Gunnedah Shire - Wholesale Trade: 0 Management and Commerce, Gunnedah Shire - Wholesale Trade: +4 Society and Culture, Gunnedah Shire - Wholesale Trade: +1 Creative Arts, Gunnedah Shire - Wholesale Trade: 0 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Gunnedah Shire - Wholesale Trade: -7 Mixed Field Programmes, Gunnedah Shire - Wholesale Trade: 0 Not stated or inadequately described, Gunnedah Shire - Wholesale Trade: 0 No qualification, Gunnedah Shire - Wholesale Trade: -18
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 (Wholesale Trade) were qualified in were:

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (34 people or 24.1%)
  • Management and Commerce (23 people or 16.3%)
  • Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (16 people or 11.3%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 73 people in total or 51.8% of the resident workers (Wholesale Trade).

In comparison, New South Wales employed 13.9% in Engineering and Related Technologies; 25.0% in Management and Commerce; and 1.6% in Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies.

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

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Wholesale Trade) qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies (24.1% compared to 13.9%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Wholesale Trade) qualified in Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (11.3% compared to 1.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Wholesale Trade) qualified in Management and Commerce (16.3% compared to 25.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Wholesale Trade) qualified in Information Technology (0.0% compared to 4.3%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (Wholesale Trade) in the Gunnedah Shire increased by 2 between 2011 and 2016.

There were no major changes in field of qualifications held by the resident workers (Wholesale Trade) between 2011 and 2016 in the Gunnedah Shire.

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