Inner West Council area

Local workers - Field of qualification - All industries

Management and Commerce is the most common qualification for workers in the Inner West Council area.

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 the Inner West Council area;
  • 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 the Inner West Council area.

Data source

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

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Local workers field of qualification - Summary
Inner West Council area - All industries20212016Change
Field of qualification (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2016 - 2021
Natural and Physical Sciences1,5302.322.321,2632.022.10+267
Information Technology2,2183.363.701,6262.602.95+592
Engineering and Related Technologies5,3888.1810.005,0148.0310.38+374
Architecture and Building2,9574.494.282,9044.654.35+53
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies5380.811.515230.831.53+15
Management and Commerce11,58317.5918.3010,39916.6617.09+1,184
Society and Culture7,69911.699.646,71510.768.77+984
Creative Arts5,3468.123.424,3867.023.06+960
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services2,1413.253.222,2083.533.32-67
Mixed Field Programmes680.100.07820.130.10-14
Not stated or inadequately described2,0183.062.781,7282.762.69+290
No qualification15,32223.2727.0117,97528.8031.13-2,653
Total Persons65,837100.00100.0062,398100.00100.00+3,439

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:

  • Management and Commerce (11,583 people or 17.6%)
  • Society and Culture (7,699 people or 11.7%)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (5,388 people or 8.2%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 24,670 people in total or37.5% of All industries.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 18.3% in Management and Commerce; 9.6% in Society and Culture and 10.0% in Engineering and Related Technologies.

The major differences between the fields of qualifications of the workforce in Inner West Council area and New South Wales were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Creative Arts (8.1% compared to 3.4%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Society and Culture (11.7% compared to 9.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Engineering and Related Technologies (8.2% compared to 10.0%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Education (7.0% compared to 5.7%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in fields of qualifications of the total workforce in Inner West Council area between 2016 and 2021 were:

  • Management and Commerce (+1,184.00 local workers)
  • Society and Culture (+984.00 local workers)
  • Creative Arts (+960.00 local workers)
  • Education (+741.00 local workers)

Inner West Council

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