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Local workers - Field of qualification - Mining

Within the Gunnedah Shire, there are more Mining 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 - Mining20162011Change
Field of qualification
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Number%New South Wales %Number%New South Wales %2011 to 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences52.22.3106.72.6-5
Information Technology----0.8----0.7--
Engineering and Related Technologies8536.844.44228.040.7+43
Architecture and Building114.84.432.04.6+8
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies135.62.142.72.3+9
Health62.61.600.01.4+6
Education----1.0----0.6--
Management and Commerce198.29.2106.78.3+9
Society and Culture00.01.853.31.7-5
Creative Arts----0.4----0.4--
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services93.92.185.32.1+1
Mixed Field Programmes----0.0----0.0--
Not stated or inadequately described83.53.032.03.2+5
No qualification7532.526.86543.331.6+10

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: 2.3% Information Technology, New South Wales: 0.8% Engineering and Related Technologies, New South Wales: 44.4% Architecture and Building, New South Wales: 4.4% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, New South Wales: 2.1% Health, New South Wales: 1.6% Education, New South Wales: 1.0% Management and Commerce, New South Wales: 9.2% Society and Culture, New South Wales: 1.8% Creative Arts, New South Wales: 0.4% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, New South Wales: 2.1% Mixed Field Programmes, New South Wales: 0.0% Not stated or inadequately described, New South Wales: 3.0% No qualification, New South Wales: 26.8% Natural and Physical Sciences, Gunnedah Shire: 2.2% Engineering and Related Technologies, Gunnedah Shire: 36.8% Architecture and Building, Gunnedah Shire: 4.8% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Gunnedah Shire: 5.6% Health, Gunnedah Shire: 2.6% Management and Commerce, Gunnedah Shire: 8.2% Society and Culture, Gunnedah Shire: 0.0% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Gunnedah Shire: 3.9% Not stated or inadequately described, Gunnedah Shire: 3.5% No qualification, Gunnedah Shire: 32.5%
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 - Mining: -5 Engineering and Related Technologies, Gunnedah Shire - Mining: +43 Architecture and Building, Gunnedah Shire - Mining: +8 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Gunnedah Shire - Mining: +9 Health, Gunnedah Shire - Mining: +6 Management and Commerce, Gunnedah Shire - Mining: +9 Society and Culture, Gunnedah Shire - Mining: -5 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Gunnedah Shire - Mining: +1 Not stated or inadequately described, Gunnedah Shire - Mining: +5 No qualification, Gunnedah Shire - Mining: +10
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 Mining shows that the three largest fields of qualification were:

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (85 people or 36.8%)
  • Management and Commerce (19 people or 8.2%)
  • Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (13 people or 5.6%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 117 people in total or 50.6% of the Mining .

In comparison, New South Wales employed 44.4% in Engineering and Related Technologies; 9.2% in Management and Commerce; and 2.1% in Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies.

The major differences between the fields of qualifications of the Mining 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 (5.6% compared to 2.1%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (3.9% compared to 2.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Engineering and Related Technologies (36.8% compared to 44.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Society and Culture (0.0% compared to 1.8%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (+43 local workers)
  • Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (+9 local workers)
  • Management and Commerce (+9 local workers)
  • Architecture and Building (+8 local workers)

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