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Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers qualified in Management and Commerce in the Northern Beaches 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 the Northern Beaches 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 the Northern Beaches Council area or within commuting distance, and their qualification requirements;
  • The availability of educational institutions with those curricula nearby;
  • The socio-economic status of the Northern Beaches 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
Northern Beaches Council area 20162011Change
Field of qualification
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Number%New South Wales%Number%New South Wales%2011 to 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences3,4942.72.13,1032.62.0+391
Information Technology3,5182.73.03,3322.72.6+186
Engineering and Related Technologies11,2158.610.411,3259.310.8-110
Architecture and Building7,2065.64.46,1995.14.1+1,007
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies1,8311.41.51,6381.31.5+193
Health8,4246.57.17,4466.16.4+978
Education7,1585.55.46,6405.55.1+518
Management and Commerce28,04221.617.124,57520.215.5+3,467
Society and Culture12,8389.98.810,8758.97.6+1,963
Creative Arts6,2054.83.15,2244.32.7+981
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services4,0843.13.33,8783.23.2+206
Mixed Field Programmes880.10.1560.00.1+32
Not stated or inadequately described3,0122.32.73,6723.03.5-660
No qualification32,57925.131.133,66327.734.8-1,084

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, New South Wales : 2.1% Information Technology, New South Wales : 3.0% Engineering and Related Technologies, New South Wales : 10.4% Architecture and Building, New South Wales : 4.4% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, New South Wales : 1.5% Health, New South Wales : 7.1% Education, New South Wales : 5.4% Management and Commerce, New South Wales : 17.1% Society and Culture, New South Wales : 8.8% Creative Arts, New South Wales : 3.1% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, New South Wales : 3.3% Mixed Field Programmes, New South Wales : 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, New South Wales : 2.7% No qualification, New South Wales : 31.1% Natural and Physical Sciences, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: 2.7% Information Technology, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: 2.7% Engineering and Related Technologies, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: 8.6% Architecture and Building, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: 5.6% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: 1.4% Health, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: 6.5% Education, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: 5.5% Management and Commerce, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: 21.6% Society and Culture, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: 9.9% Creative Arts, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: 4.8% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: 3.1% Mixed Field Programmes, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: 2.3% No qualification, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: 25.1%
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, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: +391 Information Technology, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: +186 Engineering and Related Technologies, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: -110 Architecture and Building, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: +1,007 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: +193 Health, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: +978 Education, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: +518 Management and Commerce, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: +3,467 Society and Culture, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: +1,963 Creative Arts, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: +981 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: +206 Mixed Field Programmes, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: +32 Not stated or inadequately described, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: -660 No qualification, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: -1,084
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 Northern Beaches Council area shows that the three largest fields the resident workers were qualified in were:

  • Management and Commerce (28,042 people or 21.6%)
  • Society and Culture (12,838 people or 9.9%)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (11,215 people or 8.6%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 52,095 people in total or 40.2% of the resident workers .

In comparison, New South Wales employed 17.1% in Management and Commerce; 8.8% in Society and Culture; and 10.4% in Engineering and Related Technologies.

The major differences between the field of qualifications held by the resident workers of the Northern Beaches Council area and New South Wales were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers qualified in Management and Commerce (21.6% compared to 17.1%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers qualified in Creative Arts (4.8% compared to 3.1%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers qualified in Architecture and Building (5.6% compared to 4.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies (8.6% compared to 10.4%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers in the Northern Beaches Council area increased by 8,068 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest changes in the field of qualifications held by the resident workers between 2011 and 2016 in the Northern Beaches Council area were for those qualified in:

  • Management and Commerce (+3,467 people)
  • Society and Culture (+1,963 people)
  • Architecture and Building (+1,007 people)
  • Creative Arts (+981 people)

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