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Local workers - Field of qualification - All industries

Within the Gunnedah Shire, there are more with Management and Commerce 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 2006 and 2011 – by place of work

Please note: Currently only 2016 data are available for work destination. 2011 data are not comparable due to a change in methodology in 2016 which “imputed” a work destination to those workers who didn’t state their work destination. This means comparisons with earlier years should not be made. .id are currently sourcing data collected under the same methodology in 2011 which will be added to this page at a later date. For a detailed case study of this issue please visit our blog post.

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Local workers field of qualification - Summary
Gunnedah Shire - All industries2016
Field of qualification
(Click rows to view sub-categories)
Number%Information Media and Telecom-munications %
Management and Commerce54211.118.2
Society and Culture3236.613.6
Creative Arts430.918.2
No qualification1,96540.450.0

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 Management and Commerce, Information Media and Telecommunications: 18.2% Society and Culture, Information Media and Telecommunications: 13.6% Creative Arts, Information Media and Telecommunications: 18.2% No qualification, Information Media and Telecommunications: 50.0% Management and Commerce, All industries: 11.1% Society and Culture, All industries: 6.6% Creative Arts, All industries: 0.9% No qualification, All industries: 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 Management and Commerce, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: +542 Society and Culture, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: +323 Creative Arts, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: +43 No qualification, Gunnedah Shire - All industries: +1,965
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:

  • Management and Commerce (542 people or 11.1%)
  • Society and Culture (323 people or 6.6%)
  • Creative Arts (43 people or 0.9%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 908 people in total or 18.7% of the .

In comparison, the Information Media and Telecommunications workforce within Gunnedah Shire employed 18.2% in Management and Commerce; 13.6% in Society and Culture; and 18.2% in Creative Arts.

The major differences between the fields of qualifications of the in the Gunnedah Shire and the Information Media and Telecommunications workforce were:

  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Creative Arts (0.9% compared to 18.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Management and Commerce (11.1% compared to 18.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Society and Culture (6.6% compared to 13.6%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Management and Commerce (+542 local workers)
  • Society and Culture (+323 local workers)
  • Creative Arts (+43 local workers)

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