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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 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%New South Wales %
Natural and Physical Sciences360.72.1
Information Technology180.43.0
Engineering and Related Technologies62112.810.4
Architecture and Building1092.24.4
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies2284.71.5
Management and Commerce54211.117.1
Society and Culture3236.68.8
Creative Arts430.93.1
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services1543.23.3
Not stated or inadequately described2014.12.7
No qualification1,96540.431.1

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% 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 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 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%)

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