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West Tamar Council area

Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers (All industries) qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies in the West Tamar 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 West Tamar 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 West Tamar 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 West Tamar Council area, and;
  • The mobility of the population to move where particular skills are required.

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

Data source

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

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Resident workers field of qualification
West Tamar Council area - Persons 20162011Change
Field of qualification (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. TasmaniaNumber%. Tasmania2011 - 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences1651.72.01731.71.8-8
Information Technology1131.11.4981.01.3+15
Engineering and Related Technologies1,19012.110.11,22912.410.3-39
Architecture and Building5045.14.74955.04.5+9
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies2362.42.42112.12.2+25
Health8618.77.57757.86.6+86
Education7307.45.76476.55.2+83
Management and Commerce1,08211.011.11,02010.310.1+62
Society and Culture7477.68.76156.27.3+132
Creative Arts1651.71.91471.51.7+18
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services4034.14.33563.63.9+47
Mixed Field Programmes30.00.160.10.0-3
Not stated or inadequately described2913.02.93073.13.5-16
No qualification3,36334.137.13,84738.841.5-484
Total Persons9,853100.0100.09,926100.0100.0-73

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

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Dominant groups

Analysis of the field of qualifications in the West Tamar Council area shows that the three largest fields the resident workers (All industries) were qualified in were:

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (1,190 people or 12.1%)
  • Management and Commerce (1,082 people or 11.0%)
  • Health (861 people or 8.7%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 3,133 people in total or 31.8% of the resident workers (All industries).

In comparison, Tasmania employed 10.1% in Engineering and Related Technologies; 11.1% in Management and Commerce and 7.5% in Health.

The major differences between the field of qualifications held by the resident workers () of the West Tamar Council area and Tasmania were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies (12.1% compared to 10.1%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Education (7.4% compared to 5.7%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Health (8.7% compared to 7.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Society and Culture (7.6% compared to 8.7%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (All industries) in the West Tamar Council area decreased by 73 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 West Tamar Council area was for those qualified in:

  • Society and Culture (+132 resident workers)
  • Health (+86 resident workers)
  • Education (+83 resident workers)
  • Management and Commerce (+62 resident workers)

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