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 NSROC Region'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 NSROC Region or within commuting distance, and their qualification requirements;
- The availability of educational institutions with those curricula nearby;
- The socio-economic status of the NSROC Region, and;
- The mobility of the population to move where particular skills are required.
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 and 2021 – by usual residence
|Resident workers field of qualification|
|NSROC Region - Persons||2021||2016||Change|
|Field of qualification (Click rows to view sub-categories)||Number||%||New South Wales||Number||%||New South Wales||2016 - 2021|
|Natural and Physical Sciences||12,112||3.8||2.3||10,717||3.6||2.1||+1,395|
|Engineering and Related Technologies||28,372||8.9||10.0||25,913||8.7||10.4||+2,459|
|Architecture and Building||9,961||3.1||4.3||9,336||3.1||4.4||+625|
|Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies||2,774||0.9||1.5||2,701||0.9||1.5||+73|
|Management and Commerce||86,165||27.0||18.3||75,427||25.2||17.1||+10,738|
|Society and Culture||37,387||11.7||9.7||33,634||11.2||8.8||+3,753|
|Food, Hospitality and Personal Services||6,408||2.0||3.2||6,656||2.2||3.3||-248|
|Mixed Field Programmes||170||0.1||0.1||181||0.1||0.1||-11|
|Not stated or inadequately described||7,362||2.3||2.8||6,440||2.2||2.7||+922|
Please refer to specific data notes for more information
Analysis of the field of qualifications in the NSROC Region shows that the three largest fields the resident workers (All industries) were qualified in were:
- Management and Commerce (86,165 people or 27.0%)
- Society and Culture (37,387 people or 11.7%)
- Engineering and Related Technologies (28,372 people or 8.9%)
In combination these three fields accounted for 151,924 people in total or 47.5% of the resident workers (All industries).
In comparison, New South Wales employed 18.3% in Management and Commerce; 9.7% in Society and Culture and 10.0% in Engineering and Related Technologies.
The major differences between the field of qualifications held by the resident workers () of the NSROC Region and New South Wales were:
- A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Management and Commerce (27.0% compared to 18.3%)
- A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Information Technology (6.3% compared to 3.7%)
- A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Society and Culture (11.7% compared to 9.7%)
- A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Natural and Physical Sciences (3.8% compared to 2.3%)
The number of resident workers (All industries) in the NSROC Region increased by 20,416 between 2016 and 2021.
The largest change in the field of qualifications held by the resident workers (All industries) between 2016 and 2021 in the NSROC Region was for those qualified in:
- Management and Commerce (+10,738 resident workers)
- Information Technology (+3,919 resident workers)
- Society and Culture (+3,753 resident workers)
- Health (+3,246 resident workers)