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 their current occupation, this is not necessarily the case.
The presence of specific qualifications among the City of Launceston's resident workforce, which are not used by local industry, may indicate an opportunity for a new industry to move into the area and access a ready labour force.
The field of study relates to a number of factors, such as:
- The age of the population;
- The types of industries and occupations located in the City of Launceston or within commuting distance, and their qualification requirements;
- The availability of educational institutions with those curricula nearby;
- The socio-economic status of the City of Launceston, and;
- The mobility of the population to move where particular skills are required.
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 and 2016 – by usual residence
|Resident workers field of qualification|
|City of Launceston - Persons||2016||2011||Change|
|Field of qualification (Click rows to view sub-categories)||Number||%||Tasmania||Number||%||Tasmania||2011 - 2016|
|Natural and Physical Sciences||389||1.4||2.0||382||1.3||1.8||+7|
|Engineering and Related Technologies||2,535||9.2||10.1||2,710||9.6||10.3||-175|
|Architecture and Building||1,286||4.7||4.7||1,204||4.3||4.5||+82|
|Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies||473||1.7||2.4||492||1.7||2.2||-19|
|Management and Commerce||2,939||10.7||11.1||2,750||9.7||10.1||+189|
|Society and Culture||2,262||8.2||8.7||1,869||6.6||7.3||+393|
|Food, Hospitality and Personal Services||1,158||4.2||4.3||1,204||4.3||3.9||-46|
|Mixed Field Programmes||20||0.1||0.1||13||0.0||0.0||+7|
|Not stated or inadequately described||733||2.7||2.9||907||3.2||3.5||-174|
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Analysis of the field of qualifications in the City of Launceston shows that the three largest fields the resident workers (All industries) were qualified in were:
- Management and Commerce (2,939 people or 10.7%)
- Engineering and Related Technologies (2,535 people or 9.2%)
- Health (2,482 people or 9.0%)
In combination these three fields accounted for 7,956 people in total or 28.9% of the resident workers (All industries).
In comparison, Tasmania employed 11.1% in Management and Commerce; 10.1% in Engineering and Related Technologies and 7.5% in Health.
The major differences between the field of qualifications held by the resident workers () of the City of Launceston and Tasmania were:
- A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Health (9.0% compared to 7.5%)
- A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies (9.2% compared to 10.1%)
- A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (1.7% compared to 2.4%)
- A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Education (6.3% compared to 5.7%)
The number of resident workers (All industries) in the City of Launceston decreased by 769 between 2011 and 2016.
The largest change in the field of qualifications held by the resident workers (All industries) between 2011 and 2016 in the City of Launceston was for those qualified in:
- Society and Culture (+393 resident workers)
- Health (+363 resident workers)
- Management and Commerce (+189 resident workers)
- Engineering and Related Technologies (-175 resident workers)