There are more resident workers (All industries) qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies in the Murchison Area than in any other field.
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 Murchison Area'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 Murchison Area or within commuting distance, and their qualification requirements;
- The availability of educational institutions with those curricula nearby;
- The socio-economic status of the Murchison Area, 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|
|Murchison Area - Persons||2016||2011||Change|
|Field of qualification (Click rows to view sub-categories)||Number||%||Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing||Number||%||Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing||2011 - 2016|
|Natural and Physical Sciences||113||1.0||1.1||112||0.9||0.4||+1|
|Engineering and Related Technologies||1,486||13.2||11.1||1,646||13.5||9.5||-160|
|Architecture and Building||430||3.8||2.3||441||3.6||1.8||-11|
|Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies||469||4.2||16.6||386||3.2||12.8||+83|
|Management and Commerce||917||8.2||4.2||841||6.9||3.2||+76|
|Society and Culture||733||6.5||2.0||623||5.1||1.4||+110|
|Food, Hospitality and Personal Services||500||4.4||2.5||452||3.7||2.3||+48|
|Mixed Field Programmes||5||0.0||0||3||0.0||0||+2|
|Not stated or inadequately described||399||3.5||3.6||460||3.8||4.6||-61|
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Analysis of the field of qualifications in the Murchison Area shows that the three largest fields the resident workers (All industries) were qualified in were:
- Engineering and Related Technologies (1,486 people or 13.2%)
- Management and Commerce (917 people or 8.2%)
- Society and Culture (733 people or 6.5%)
In combination these three fields accounted for 3,136 people in total or 27.9% of the resident workers (All industries).
In comparison, the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing workforce in the Murchison Area employed 11.1% in Engineering and Related Technologies; 4.2% in Management and Commerce and 2.0% in Society and Culture.
The major differences between the field of qualifications held by the resident workers () of the Murchison Area and the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing workforce were:
- A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (4.2% compared to 16.6%)
- A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Society and Culture (6.5% compared to 2.0%)
- A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Management and Commerce (8.2% compared to 4.2%)
- A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Health (5.6% compared to 2.0%)
The number of resident workers (All industries) in the Murchison Area decreased by 946 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 Murchison Area was for those qualified in:
- Engineering and Related Technologies (-160 resident workers)
- Society and Culture (+110 resident workers)
- Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (+83 resident workers)
- Management and Commerce (+76 resident workers)