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Wollondilly Shire

Local workers - Field of qualification - All industries

Within Wollondilly 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 Macarthur Region;
  • 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 Macarthur Region.

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
Wollondilly Shire - All industries2016
Field of qualification
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Number%New South Wales %
Natural and Physical Sciences1911.72.1
Information Technology790.73.0
Engineering and Related Technologies2,05518.510.4
Architecture and Building7226.54.4
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies2832.51.5
Management and Commerce9938.917.1
Society and Culture6365.78.8
Creative Arts1371.23.1
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services4153.73.3
Mixed Field Programmes30.00.1
Not stated or inadequately described3082.82.7
No qualification4,12137.131.1

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% Mixed Field Programmes, New South Wales: 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, New South Wales: 2.7% No qualification, New South Wales: 31.1% Natural and Physical Sciences, Wollondilly Shire: 1.7% Information Technology, Wollondilly Shire: 0.7% Engineering and Related Technologies, Wollondilly Shire: 18.5% Architecture and Building, Wollondilly Shire: 6.5% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Wollondilly Shire: 2.5% Health, Wollondilly Shire: 4.1% Education, Wollondilly Shire: 6.4% Management and Commerce, Wollondilly Shire: 8.9% Society and Culture, Wollondilly Shire: 5.7% Creative Arts, Wollondilly Shire: 1.2% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Wollondilly Shire: 3.7% Mixed Field Programmes, Wollondilly Shire: 0.0% Not stated or inadequately described, Wollondilly Shire: 2.8% No qualification, Wollondilly Shire: 37.1%
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 (2,055 people or 18.5%)
  • Management and Commerce (993 people or 8.9%)
  • Architecture and Building (722 people or 6.5%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 3,770 people in total or 33.9% of the .

In comparison, New South Wales employed 10.4% in Engineering and Related Technologies; 17.1% in Management and Commerce; and 4.4% in Architecture and Building.

The major differences between the fields of qualifications of the in Wollondilly Shire and New South Wales were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Engineering and Related Technologies (18.5% compared to 10.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Management and Commerce (8.9% compared to 17.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Society and Culture (5.7% compared to 8.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Health (4.1% compared to 7.1%)

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