Gunnedah Shire

Local workers - Field of qualification - All industries

Engineering and Related Technologies is the most common qualification for workers in Gunnedah Shire.

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.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 & 2021 – by place of work

Current industry:
Current benchmark:
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Local workers field of qualification - Summary
Gunnedah Shire - All industries20212016Change
Field of qualification (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2016 - 2021
Natural and Physical Sciences400.752.32360.742.10+4
Information Technology240.453.70180.372.95+6
Engineering and Related Technologies72813.8110.0062112.7610.38+107
Architecture and Building1312.484.281092.244.35+22
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies2344.431.512284.681.53+6
Management and Commerce59911.3618.3054211.1417.09+57
Society and Culture3546.719.643236.648.77+31
Creative Arts420.793.42430.883.06-1
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services2124.023.221543.163.32+58
Mixed Field Programmes50.090.07--00.10--
Not stated or inadequately described1703.222.782014.132.69-31
No qualification1,99237.7927.011,96540.4031.13+27
Total Persons5,271100.00100.004,863100.00100.00+408

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016 and 2021. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions)

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Dominant groups

Analysis of the fields of qualifications of the All industries shows that the three largest fields of qualification were:

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (728 people or 13.8%)
  • Management and Commerce (599 people or 11.4%)
  • Education (414 people or 7.9%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 1,741 people in total or33.0% of All industries.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 10.0% in Engineering and Related Technologies; 18.3% in Management and Commerce and 5.7% in Education.

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

  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Management and Commerce (11.4% compared to 18.3%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Engineering and Related Technologies (13.8% compared to 10.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Information Technology (0.5% compared to 3.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Society and Culture (6.7% compared to 9.6%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in fields of qualifications of the total workforce in Gunnedah Shire between 2016 and 2021 were:

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (+107.00 local workers)
  • Education (+84.00 local workers)
  • Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (+58.00 local workers)
  • Management and Commerce (+57.00 local workers)

Gunnedah Shire Council

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