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Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers 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.

Field of qualifications should be looked at in conjunction with Qualification and Occupation statistics for a clearer picture of the skills available in the resident worker population.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 and 2016 – by usual residence

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Resident workers field of qualification
Murchison Area 20162011Change
Field of qualification
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Number%Northern Tasmania%Number%Northern Tasmania%2011 to 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences1131.01.31120.91.3+1
Information Technology620.61.1640.51.0-2
Engineering and Related Technologies1,48613.210.41,64613.510.7-160
Architecture and Building4303.84.64413.64.3-11
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies4694.22.83863.22.6+83
Health6255.68.15614.66.8+64
Education5444.86.15574.65.5-13
Management and Commerce9178.210.18416.99.4+76
Society and Culture7336.57.56235.16.1+110
Creative Arts860.81.71090.91.4-23
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services5004.44.24523.74.1+48
Mixed Field Programmes50.00.130.00.0+2
Not stated or inadequately described3993.53.04603.83.3-61
No qualification4,87143.339.25,93148.743.6-1,060

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Resident workers field of qualifications, 2016
Resident workers field of qualifications, 2016 Natural and Physical Sciences, Northern Tasmania : 1.3% Information Technology, Northern Tasmania : 1.1% Engineering and Related Technologies, Northern Tasmania : 10.4% Architecture and Building, Northern Tasmania : 4.6% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Northern Tasmania : 2.8% Health, Northern Tasmania : 8.1% Education, Northern Tasmania : 6.1% Management and Commerce, Northern Tasmania : 10.1% Society and Culture, Northern Tasmania : 7.5% Creative Arts, Northern Tasmania : 1.7% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Northern Tasmania : 4.2% Mixed Field Programmes, Northern Tasmania : 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, Northern Tasmania : 3.0% No qualification, Northern Tasmania : 39.2% Natural and Physical Sciences, Murchison Area - All industries: 1.0% Information Technology, Murchison Area - All industries: 0.6% Engineering and Related Technologies, Murchison Area - All industries: 13.2% Architecture and Building, Murchison Area - All industries: 3.8% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Murchison Area - All industries: 4.2% Health, Murchison Area - All industries: 5.6% Education, Murchison Area - All industries: 4.8% Management and Commerce, Murchison Area - All industries: 8.2% Society and Culture, Murchison Area - All industries: 6.5% Creative Arts, Murchison Area - All industries: 0.8% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Murchison Area - All industries: 4.4% Mixed Field Programmes, Murchison Area - All industries: 0.0% Not stated or inadequately described, Murchison Area - All industries: 3.5% No qualification, Murchison Area - All industries: 43.3%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in resident workers field of qualifications, 2011 to 2016
Change in resident workers field of qualifications, 2011 to 2016 Natural and Physical Sciences, Murchison Area - All industries: +1 Information Technology, Murchison Area - All industries: -2 Engineering and Related Technologies, Murchison Area - All industries: -160 Architecture and Building, Murchison Area - All industries: -11 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Murchison Area - All industries: +83 Health, Murchison Area - All industries: +64 Education, Murchison Area - All industries: -13 Management and Commerce, Murchison Area - All industries: +76 Society and Culture, Murchison Area - All industries: +110 Creative Arts, Murchison Area - All industries: -23 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Murchison Area - All industries: +48 Mixed Field Programmes, Murchison Area - All industries: +2 Not stated or inadequately described, Murchison Area - All industries: -61 No qualification, Murchison Area - All industries: -1,060
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the field of qualifications in the Murchison Area shows that the three largest fields the resident workers 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 .

In comparison, Northern Tasmania employed 10.4% in Engineering and Related Technologies; 10.1% in Management and Commerce; and 7.5% in Society and Culture.

The major differences between the field of qualifications held by the resident workers of the Murchison Area and Northern Tasmania were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies (13.2% compared to 10.4%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers qualified in Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (4.2% compared to 2.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers qualified in Health (5.6% compared to 8.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers qualified in Management and Commerce (8.2% compared to 10.1%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers in the Murchison Area decreased by 946 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest changes in the field of qualifications held by the resident workers between 2011 and 2016 in the Murchison Area were for those qualified in:

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (-160 people)
  • Society and Culture (+110 people)
  • Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (+83 people)
  • Management and Commerce (+76 people)

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