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Local workers - Field of qualification - All industries

Within the NSROC Region, 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 NSROC Region;
  • 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 NSROC Region.

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, NSROC Region 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
NSROC Region - 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 Sciences11,6453.72.110,5703.62.0+1,075
Information Technology18,3765.83.016,4865.62.6+1,890
Engineering and Related Technologies31,3649.910.429,88810.110.8+1,476
Architecture and Building10,3073.24.48,7793.04.0+1,528
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies3,0080.91.52,8731.01.5+135
Health25,6368.17.121,4127.26.4+4,224
Education15,9975.05.414,8695.05.1+1,128
Management and Commerce71,02422.417.162,00421.015.5+9,020
Society and Culture28,0098.88.824,5618.37.6+3,448
Creative Arts13,8334.43.112,2784.22.7+1,555
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services8,0072.53.37,8972.73.2+110
Mixed Field Programmes2660.10.11550.10.1+111
Not stated or inadequately described7,3092.32.78,5992.93.5-1,290
No qualification72,98623.031.175,10125.434.9-2,115

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, NSROC Region: 3.7% Information Technology, NSROC Region: 5.8% Engineering and Related Technologies, NSROC Region: 9.9% Architecture and Building, NSROC Region: 3.2% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, NSROC Region: 0.9% Health, NSROC Region: 8.1% Education, NSROC Region: 5.0% Management and Commerce, NSROC Region: 22.4% Society and Culture, NSROC Region: 8.8% Creative Arts, NSROC Region: 4.4% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, NSROC Region: 2.5% Mixed Field Programmes, NSROC Region: 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, NSROC Region: 2.3% No qualification, NSROC Region: 23.0%
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, NSROC Region - All industries: +1,075 Information Technology, NSROC Region - All industries: +1,890 Engineering and Related Technologies, NSROC Region - All industries: +1,476 Architecture and Building, NSROC Region - All industries: +1,528 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, NSROC Region - All industries: +135 Health, NSROC Region - All industries: +4,224 Education, NSROC Region - All industries: +1,128 Management and Commerce, NSROC Region - All industries: +9,020 Society and Culture, NSROC Region - All industries: +3,448 Creative Arts, NSROC Region - All industries: +1,555 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, NSROC Region - All industries: +110 Mixed Field Programmes, NSROC Region - All industries: +111 Not stated or inadequately described, NSROC Region - All industries: -1,290 No qualification, NSROC Region - All industries: -2,115
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 (71,024 people or 22.4%)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (31,364 people or 9.9%)
  • Society and Culture (28,009 people or 8.8%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 130,397 people in total or 41.0% 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 NSROC Region and New South Wales were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Management and Commerce (22.4% compared to 17.1%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Information Technology (5.8% compared to 3.0%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Natural and Physical Sciences (3.7% compared to 2.1%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Creative Arts (4.4% compared to 3.1%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in fields of qualifications of the workforce in the NSROC Region between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Management and Commerce (+9,020 local workers)
  • Health (+4,224 local workers)
  • Society and Culture (+3,448 local workers)
  • Information Technology (+1,890 local workers)

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