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 Moreton Bay'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 Moreton Bay or within commuting distance, and their qualification requirements;
- The availability of educational institutions with those curricula nearby;
- The socio-economic status of the Moreton Bay, and;
- The mobility of the population to move where particular skills are required.
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 and 2021 – by usual residence
|Resident workers field of qualification|
|Moreton Bay - Persons||2021||2016||Change|
|Field of qualification (Click rows to view sub-categories)||Number||%||Queensland||Number||%||Queensland||2016 - 2021|
|Natural and Physical Sciences||3,187||1.5||1.8||2,469||1.3||1.7||+718|
|Engineering and Related Technologies||24,289||11.1||11.0||22,144||11.7||11.6||+2,145|
|Architecture and Building||10,828||4.9||4.5||9,858||5.2||4.8||+970|
|Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies||2,835||1.3||1.5||2,366||1.2||1.5||+469|
|Management and Commerce||31,112||14.2||14.7||24,759||13.1||13.5||+6,353|
|Society and Culture||21,083||9.6||9.1||15,570||8.2||7.9||+5,513|
|Food, Hospitality and Personal Services||9,521||4.3||4.2||7,529||4.0||4.0||+1,992|
|Mixed Field Programmes||205||0.1||0.1||183||0.1||0.1||+22|
|Not stated or inadequately described||6,443||2.9||3.0||4,966||2.6||2.6||+1,477|
Please refer to specific data notes for more information
Analysis of the field of qualifications in the Moreton Bay shows that the three largest fields the resident workers (All industries) were qualified in were:
- Management and Commerce (31,112 people or 14.2%)
- Engineering and Related Technologies (24,289 people or 11.1%)
- Society and Culture (21,083 people or 9.6%)
In combination these three fields accounted for 76,484 people in total or 34.9% of the resident workers (All industries).
In comparison, Queensland employed 14.7% in Management and Commerce; 11.0% in Engineering and Related Technologies and 9.1% in Society and Culture.
The major differences between the field of qualifications held by the resident workers () of the Moreton Bay and Queensland were:
- A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Health (8.0% compared to 8.9%)
- A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Management and Commerce (14.2% compared to 14.7%)
- A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Society and Culture (9.6% compared to 9.1%)
- A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Creative Arts (2.2% compared to 2.6%)
The number of resident workers (All industries) in the Moreton Bay increased by 29,862 between 2016 and 2021.
The largest change in the field of qualifications held by the resident workers (All industries) between 2016 and 2021 in the Moreton Bay was for those qualified in:
- Management and Commerce (+6,353 resident workers)
- Society and Culture (+5,513 resident workers)
- Health (+4,512 resident workers)
- Education (+2,549 resident workers)