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Local workers - Field of qualification - All industries

Within the Gunnedah Shire, there are more with Engineering and Related Technologies qualifications than any other field of qualification.

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 the current occupation, this is not necessarily the case.

The field of study relates to a number of factors, such as:

  • The age of the workforce;
  • The type of qualification required to enter an industry;
  • The availability of jobs related to fields of qualification in Gunnedah Shire;
  • The types of occupations which are available in an area or industry.

The fields of qualification held by local workers in a particular industry are likely to show the type of skills required in that industry.  Large numbers of a particular field of qualification in an industry may indicate that it is a pre-requisite for that industry. The presence of fields of qualification outside the main range of qualifications used in that industry may indicate that the industry values employees of a broad educational background, or that people haven't been able to find employment in their chosen field.

Field of Qualification information should be looked at in conjunction with Level of qualification and Occupation data for a clearer picture of the skills available for the local workers in Gunnedah Shire.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work

Please note – The 2016 Census used a new methodology to “impute” a work location to people who didn’t state their workplace address. As a result, 2016 and 2011 place of work data are not normally comparable. To allow comparison between 2011 and 2016, .id has sourced a 2011 dataset from the ABS which was experimentally imputed using the same methodology. To provide this detail, Gunnedah Shire in 2011 had to be constructed from a best fit of Work Destination Zones (DZNs). While it may not be an exact match to the LGA or region boundary, it is considered close enough to allow some comparison. Users should treat this time series data with caution, however, and not compare directly with 2011 data from any other source.

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Local workers field of qualification - Summary
Gunnedah Shire - All industries20162011Change
Field of qualification
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Number%New South Wales %Number%New South Wales %2011 to 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences360.72.1531.12.0-17
Information Technology180.43.0280.62.6-10
Engineering and Related Technologies62112.810.456111.610.8+60
Architecture and Building1092.24.4921.94.0+17
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies2284.71.52264.71.5+2
Health2936.07.12886.06.4+5
Education3306.85.42865.95.1+44
Management and Commerce54211.117.14399.115.5+103
Society and Culture3236.68.82274.77.6+96
Creative Arts430.93.1370.82.7+6
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services1543.23.31493.13.2+5
Mixed Field Programmes----0.1----0.1--
Not stated or inadequately described2014.12.71733.63.5+28
No qualification1,96540.431.12,27647.134.9-311

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Local workers field of qualification, 2016
Local workers field of qualification, 2016 Natural and Physical Sciences, New South Wales: 2.1% Information Technology, New South Wales: 3.0% Engineering and Related Technologies, New South Wales: 10.4% Architecture and Building, New South Wales: 4.4% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, New South Wales: 1.5% Health, New South Wales: 7.1% Education, New South Wales: 5.4% Management and Commerce, New South Wales: 17.1% Society and Culture, New South Wales: 8.8% Creative Arts, New South Wales: 3.1% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, New South Wales: 3.3% Mixed Field Programmes, New South Wales: 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, New South Wales: 2.7% No qualification, New South Wales: 31.1% Natural and Physical Sciences, Gunnedah Shire: 0.7% Information Technology, Gunnedah Shire: 0.4% Engineering and Related Technologies, Gunnedah Shire: 12.8% Architecture and Building, Gunnedah Shire: 2.2% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Gunnedah Shire: 4.7% Health, Gunnedah Shire: 6.0% Education, Gunnedah Shire: 6.8% Management and Commerce, Gunnedah Shire: 11.1% Society and Culture, Gunnedah Shire: 6.6% Creative Arts, Gunnedah Shire: 0.9% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Gunnedah Shire: 3.2% Not stated or inadequately described, Gunnedah Shire: 4.1% No qualification, Gunnedah Shire: 40.4%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in local workers field of qualification, 2016
Change in local workers field of qualification, 2016 Natural and Physical Sciences, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: -17 Information Technology, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: -10 Engineering and Related Technologies, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: +60 Architecture and Building, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: +17 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: +2 Health, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: +5 Education, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: +44 Management and Commerce, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: +103 Society and Culture, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: +96 Creative Arts, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: +6 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: +5 Not stated or inadequately described, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: +28 No qualification, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: -311
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 fields of qualifications of the shows that the three largest fields of qualification were:

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (621 people or 12.8%)
  • Management and Commerce (542 people or 11.1%)
  • Education (330 people or 6.8%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 1,493 people in total or 30.7% of the .

In comparison, New South Wales employed 10.4% in Engineering and Related Technologies; 17.1% in Management and Commerce; and 5.4% in Education.

The major differences between the fields of qualifications of the workforce in the Gunnedah Shire and New South Wales were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (4.7% compared to 1.5%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Engineering and Related Technologies (12.8% compared to 10.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Management and Commerce (11.1% compared to 17.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Information Technology (0.4% compared to 3.0%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in fields of qualifications of the workforce in the Gunnedah Shire between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Management and Commerce (+103 local workers)
  • Society and Culture (+96 local workers)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (+60 local workers)
  • Education (+44 local workers)

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