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Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies in West Coast Council 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 West Coast Council 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 West Coast Council area or within commuting distance, and their qualification requirements;
  • The availability of educational institutions with those curricula nearby;
  • The socio-economic status of West Coast Council 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
West Coast Council area 20162011Change
Field of qualification
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Number%Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing%Number%Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing%2011 to 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences241.60.0281.40.0-4
Information Technology80.50.090.40.0-1
Engineering and Related Technologies29019.122.136718.323.6-77
Architecture and Building513.40.0753.70.0-24
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies231.511.5231.114.50
Health614.02.9592.90.0+2
Education744.90.0673.30.0+7
Management and Commerce1087.13.81286.40.0-20
Society and Culture644.28.7683.40.0-4
Creative Arts60.40.0201.00.0-14
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services775.13.8783.90.0-1
Mixed Field Programmes00.00.000.00.00
Not stated or inadequately described473.13.8783.90.0-31
No qualification68445.143.31,00750.261.8-323

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, West Coast Council area - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing : 0.0% Information Technology, West Coast Council area - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing : 0.0% Engineering and Related Technologies, West Coast Council area - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing : 22.1% Architecture and Building, West Coast Council area - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing : 0.0% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, West Coast Council area - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing : 11.5% Health, West Coast Council area - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing : 2.9% Education, West Coast Council area - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing : 0.0% Management and Commerce, West Coast Council area - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing : 3.8% Society and Culture, West Coast Council area - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing : 8.7% Creative Arts, West Coast Council area - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing : 0.0% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, West Coast Council area - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing : 3.8% Mixed Field Programmes, West Coast Council area - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing : 0.0% Not stated or inadequately described, West Coast Council area - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing : 3.8% No qualification, West Coast Council area - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing : 43.3% Natural and Physical Sciences, West Coast Council area - All industries: 1.6% Information Technology, West Coast Council area - All industries: 0.5% Engineering and Related Technologies, West Coast Council area - All industries: 19.1% Architecture and Building, West Coast Council area - All industries: 3.4% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, West Coast Council area - All industries: 1.5% Health, West Coast Council area - All industries: 4.0% Education, West Coast Council area - All industries: 4.9% Management and Commerce, West Coast Council area - All industries: 7.1% Society and Culture, West Coast Council area - All industries: 4.2% Creative Arts, West Coast Council area - All industries: 0.4% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, West Coast Council area - All industries: 5.1% Mixed Field Programmes, West Coast Council area - All industries: 0.0% Not stated or inadequately described, West Coast Council area - All industries: 3.1% No qualification, West Coast Council area - All industries: 45.1%
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, West Coast Council area - All industries: -4 Information Technology, West Coast Council area - All industries: -1 Engineering and Related Technologies, West Coast Council area - All industries: -77 Architecture and Building, West Coast Council area - All industries: -24 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, West Coast Council area - All industries: 0 Health, West Coast Council area - All industries: +2 Education, West Coast Council area - All industries: +7 Management and Commerce, West Coast Council area - All industries: -20 Society and Culture, West Coast Council area - All industries: -4 Creative Arts, West Coast Council area - All industries: -14 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, West Coast Council area - All industries: -1 Mixed Field Programmes, West Coast Council area - All industries: 0 Not stated or inadequately described, West Coast Council area - All industries: -31 No qualification, West Coast Council area - All industries: -323
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 West Coast Council area shows that the three largest fields the resident workers were qualified in were:

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (290 people or 19.1%)
  • Management and Commerce (108 people or 7.1%)
  • Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (77 people or 5.1%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 475 people in total or 31.3% of the resident workers .

In comparison, Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing employed 22.1% in Engineering and Related Technologies; 3.8% in Management and Commerce; and 3.8% in Food, Hospitality and Personal Services.

The major differences between the field of qualifications held by the resident workers of West Coast Council area and Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers qualified in Education (4.9% compared to 0.0%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers qualified in Architecture and Building (3.4% compared to 0.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers qualified in Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (1.5% compared to 11.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers qualified in Society and Culture (4.2% compared to 8.7%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers in West Coast Council area decreased by 490 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest change in the field of qualifications held by the resident workers between 2011 and 2016 in West Coast Council area was for those qualified in:

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (-77 people)

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