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Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers (Education and Training) qualified in Education 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 Sciences92.14.1112.84.0-2
Information Technology001.951.31.8-5
Engineering and Related Technologies40.92.730.82.7+1
Architecture and Building000.8000.7--
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies71.70.871.80.8--
Health122.83.051.32.7+7
Education22653.643.923760.046.0-11
Management and Commerce276.410.6256.39.7+2
Society and Culture378.811.8276.810.6+10
Creative Arts51.23.930.83.6+2
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services112.61.2001.1+11
Mixed Field Programmes000.1000.1--
Not stated or inadequately described30.71.851.32.0-2
No qualification8119.213.56717.014.2+14
Total Persons422100.0100.0395100.0100.0+27

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 (Education and Training) were qualified in were:

  • Education (226 people or 53.6%)
  • Society and Culture (37 people or 8.8%)
  • Management and Commerce (27 people or 6.4%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 290 people in total or 68.7% of the resident workers (Education and Training).

In comparison, New South Wales employed 43.9% in Education; 11.8% in Society and Culture and 10.6% in Management and Commerce.

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

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Education and Training) qualified in Education (53.6% compared to 43.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Education and Training) qualified in Management and Commerce (6.4% compared to 10.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Education and Training) qualified in Society and Culture (8.8% compared to 11.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Education and Training) qualified in Creative Arts (1.2% compared to 3.9%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (Education and Training) in the Gunnedah Shire increased by 27 between 2011 and 2016.

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

  • Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (+11 resident workers)
  • Education (-11 resident workers)
  • Society and Culture (+10 resident workers)
  • Health (+7 resident workers)

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