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Local workers - Field of qualification - Health Care and Social Assistance

Within the Gunnedah Shire, there are more Health Care and Social Assistance with Health 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 - Health Care and Social Assistance20162011Change
Field of qualification
(Click rows to view sub-categories)
Number%Other Services %Number%Other Services %2011 to 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences61.2--122.6---6
Information Technology--------------
Engineering and Related Technologies30.634.030.734.90
Architecture and Building--------------
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies71.40.030.71.4+4
Health18236.12.016836.80.0+14
Education265.21.2143.11.8+12
Management and Commerce418.18.3367.94.6+5
Society and Culture9919.65.97316.03.7+26
Creative Arts30.6--00.0--+3
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services122.415.030.716.5+9
Mixed Field Programmes--------------
Not stated or inadequately described132.63.2132.83.70
No qualification11222.230.413228.933.5-20

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 Engineering and Related Technologies, Other Services: 34.0% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Other Services: 0.0% Health, Other Services: 2.0% Education, Other Services: 1.2% Management and Commerce, Other Services: 8.3% Society and Culture, Other Services: 5.9% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Other Services: 15.0% Not stated or inadequately described, Other Services: 3.2% No qualification, Other Services: 30.4% Natural and Physical Sciences, Health Care and Social Assistance: 1.2% Engineering and Related Technologies, Health Care and Social Assistance: 0.6% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Health Care and Social Assistance: 1.4% Health, Health Care and Social Assistance: 36.1% Education, Health Care and Social Assistance: 5.2% Management and Commerce, Health Care and Social Assistance: 8.1% Society and Culture, Health Care and Social Assistance: 19.6% Creative Arts, Health Care and Social Assistance: 0.6% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Health Care and Social Assistance: 2.4% Not stated or inadequately described, Health Care and Social Assistance: 2.6% No qualification, Health Care and Social Assistance: 22.2%
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 - Health Care and Social Assistance: -6 Engineering and Related Technologies, Gunnedah Shire - Health Care and Social Assistance: 0 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Gunnedah Shire - Health Care and Social Assistance: +4 Health, Gunnedah Shire - Health Care and Social Assistance: +14 Education, Gunnedah Shire - Health Care and Social Assistance: +12 Management and Commerce, Gunnedah Shire - Health Care and Social Assistance: +5 Society and Culture, Gunnedah Shire - Health Care and Social Assistance: +26 Creative Arts, Gunnedah Shire - Health Care and Social Assistance: +3 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Gunnedah Shire - Health Care and Social Assistance: +9 Not stated or inadequately described, Gunnedah Shire - Health Care and Social Assistance: 0 No qualification, Gunnedah Shire - Health Care and Social Assistance: -20
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 Health Care and Social Assistance shows that the three largest fields of qualification were:

  • Health (182 people or 36.1%)
  • Society and Culture (99 people or 19.6%)
  • Management and Commerce (41 people or 8.1%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 322 people in total or 63.9% of the Health Care and Social Assistance .

In comparison, the Other Services workforce within Gunnedah Shire employed 2.0% in Health; 5.9% in Society and Culture; and 8.3% in Management and Commerce.

The major differences between the fields of qualifications of the Health Care and Social Assistance workforce in the Gunnedah Shire and the Other Services workforce were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Health (36.1% compared to 2.0%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Society and Culture (19.6% compared to 5.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Engineering and Related Technologies (0.6% compared to 34.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (2.4% compared to 15.0%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Society and Culture (+26 local workers)
  • Health (+14 local workers)
  • Education (+12 local workers)
  • Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (+9 local workers)

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