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Local workers - Field of qualification - All industries

Within the Northern Beaches Council area, there are more with Management and Commerce qualifications than any other field of qualification.

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 the current occupation, this is not necessarily the case.

The field of study relates to a number of factors, such as:

  • The age of the workforce;
  • The type of qualification required to enter an industry;
  • The availability of jobs related to fields of qualification in Northern Beaches Council area;
  • The types of occupations which are available in an area or industry.

The fields of qualification held by local workers in a particular industry are likely to show the type of skills required in that industry.  Large numbers of a particular field of qualification in an industry may indicate that it is a pre-requisite for that industry. The presence of fields of qualification outside the main range of qualifications used in that industry may indicate that the industry values employees of a broad educational background, or that people haven't been able to find employment in their chosen field.

Field of Qualification information should be looked at in conjunction with Level of qualification and Occupation data for a clearer picture of the skills available for the local workers in Northern Beaches Council area.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work

Please note – The 2016 Census used a new methodology to “impute” a work location to people who didn’t state their workplace address. As a result, 2016 and 2011 place of work data are not normally comparable. To allow comparison between 2011 and 2016, .id has sourced a 2011 dataset from the ABS which was experimentally imputed using the same methodology. To provide this detail, Northern Beaches Council area in 2011 had to be constructed from a best fit of Work Destination Zones (DZNs). While it may not be an exact match to the LGA or region boundary, it is considered close enough to allow some comparison. Users should treat this time series data with caution, however, and not compare directly with 2011 data from any other source.

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Local workers field of qualification - Summary
Northern Beaches Council area - All industries20162011Change
Field of qualification
(Click rows to view sub-categories)
Number%New South Wales %Number%New South Wales %2011 to 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences1,9832.22.11,7072.12.0+276
Information Technology2,1322.43.02,0312.52.6+101
Engineering and Related Technologies7,6878.710.47,5059.210.8+182
Architecture and Building4,6045.24.43,9204.84.0+684
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies1,3151.51.51,1611.41.5+154
Health6,3497.27.15,4166.66.4+933
Education5,6106.45.45,0796.25.1+531
Management and Commerce15,78717.917.113,82916.915.5+1,958
Society and Culture7,2448.28.85,9147.27.6+1,330
Creative Arts3,9244.43.13,2614.02.7+663
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services3,3773.83.33,1863.93.2+191
Mixed Field Programmes850.10.1400.00.1+45
Not stated or inadequately described2,0702.32.72,6353.23.5-565
No qualification26,05529.531.126,21032.034.9-155

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

Local workers field of qualification, 2016
Local workers field of qualification, 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: 2.2% Information Technology, Northern Beaches Council area: 2.4% Engineering and Related Technologies, Northern Beaches Council area: 8.7% Architecture and Building, Northern Beaches Council area: 5.2% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Northern Beaches Council area: 1.5% Health, Northern Beaches Council area: 7.2% Education, Northern Beaches Council area: 6.4% Management and Commerce, Northern Beaches Council area: 17.9% Society and Culture, Northern Beaches Council area: 8.2% Creative Arts, Northern Beaches Council area: 4.4% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Northern Beaches Council area: 3.8% Mixed Field Programmes, Northern Beaches Council area: 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, Northern Beaches Council area: 2.3% No qualification, Northern Beaches Council area: 29.5%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in local workers field of qualification, 2016
Change in local workers field of qualification, 2016 Natural and Physical Sciences, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: +276 Information Technology, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: +101 Engineering and Related Technologies, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: +182 Architecture and Building, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: +684 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: +154 Health, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: +933 Education, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: +531 Management and Commerce, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: +1,958 Society and Culture, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: +1,330 Creative Arts, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: +663 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: +191 Mixed Field Programmes, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: +45 Not stated or inadequately described, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: -565 No qualification, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: -155
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 fields of qualifications of the shows that the three largest fields of qualification were:

  • Management and Commerce (15,787 people or 17.9%)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (7,687 people or 8.7%)
  • Society and Culture (7,244 people or 8.2%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 30,718 people in total or 34.8% of the .

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

The major differences between the fields of qualifications of the workforce in the Northern Beaches Council area and New South Wales were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Creative Arts (4.4% compared to 3.1%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Education (6.4% compared to 5.4%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Architecture and Building (5.2% compared to 4.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Engineering and Related Technologies (8.7% compared to 10.4%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in fields of qualifications of the workforce in the Northern Beaches Council area between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Management and Commerce (+1,958 local workers)
  • Society and Culture (+1,330 local workers)
  • Health (+933 local workers)
  • Architecture and Building (+684 local workers)

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