City of Melbourne

Local workers - Field of qualification - All industries

Management and Commerce is the most common qualification for workers in the City of Melbourne.

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 City of Melbourne;
  • 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 City of Melbourne.

Data source

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

Current industry:
Current benchmark:
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Local workers field of qualification - Summary
City of Melbourne - All industries20212016Change
Field of qualification (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. VictoriaNumber%. Victoria2016 - 2021
Natural and Physical Sciences23,0124.572.6017,8224.082.37+5,190
Information Technology46,9049.323.8533,9387.773.14+12,966
Engineering and Related Technologies46,5429.259.6736,6068.3810.06+9,936
Architecture and Building14,3612.854.6111,7992.704.57+2,562
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies3,9320.781.533,2810.751.56+651
Management and Commerce131,49426.1315.86109,68425.1114.97+21,810
Society and Culture68,47613.619.6054,35912.448.93+14,117
Creative Arts24,2664.823.5520,4034.673.17+3,863
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services11,4412.273.5211,8782.713.58-437
Mixed Field Programmes2030.040.063650.080.08-162
Not stated or inadequately described15,1413.003.0612,5372.872.93+2,604
No qualification73,10214.5327.7789,06020.3931.57-15,958
Total Persons503,041100.00100.00436,764100.00100.00+66,277

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 (131,494 people or 26.1%)
  • Society and Culture (68,476 people or 13.6%)
  • Information Technology (46,904 people or 9.3%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 246,874 people in total or49.1% of All industries.

In comparison, Victoria employed 15.9% in Management and Commerce; 9.6% in Society and Culture and 3.9% in Information Technology.

The major differences between the fields of qualifications of the workforce in City of Melbourne and Victoria were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Management and Commerce (26.1% compared to 15.9%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Information Technology (9.3% compared to 3.9%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Society and Culture (13.6% compared to 9.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Education (2.1% compared to 5.8%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in fields of qualifications of the total workforce in City of Melbourne between 2016 and 2021 were:

  • Management and Commerce (+21,810.00 local workers)
  • Society and Culture (+14,117.00 local workers)
  • Information Technology (+12,966.00 local workers)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (+9,936.00 local workers)

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