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Local workers - Field of qualification - All industries

Management and Commerce is the most common qualification for workers in the NSROC Region.

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 the 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 the NSROC Region.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 & 2021 – by place of work

Current industry:
Current benchmark:
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Local workers field of qualification - Summary
NSROC Region - All industries20212016Change
Field of qualification (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2016 - 2021
Natural and Physical Sciences14,3564.212.3211,6453.662.10+2,711
Information Technology24,2107.103.7018,3765.782.95+5,834
Engineering and Related Technologies34,71710.1810.0031,3649.8710.38+3,353
Architecture and Building10,4103.054.2810,3073.244.35+103
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies3,2740.961.513,0080.941.53+266
Management and Commerce79,48923.3218.3071,02422.3517.09+8,465
Society and Culture31,8549.349.6428,0098.818.77+3,845
Creative Arts15,8574.653.4213,8334.353.06+2,024
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services7,6522.243.228,0072.513.32-355
Mixed Field Programmes2160.060.072660.080.10-50
Not stated or inadequately described8,3962.462.787,3092.302.69+1,087
No qualification61,69918.1027.0172,98622.9631.13-11,287
Total Persons340,721100.00100.00317,767100.00100.00+22,954

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016 and 2021. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions)

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Dominant groups

Analysis of the fields of qualifications of the All industries shows that the three largest fields of qualification were:

  • Management and Commerce (79,489 people or 23.3%)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (34,717 people or 10.2%)
  • Society and Culture (31,854 people or 9.3%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 146,060 people in total or42.8% of All industries.

In comparison, New South Wales employed 18.3% in Management and Commerce; 10.0% in Engineering and Related Technologies and 9.6% in Society and Culture.

The major differences between the fields of qualifications of the workforce in NSROC Region and New South Wales were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Management and Commerce (23.3% compared to 18.3%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Information Technology (7.1% compared to 3.7%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Natural and Physical Sciences (4.2% compared to 2.3%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Creative Arts (4.7% compared to 3.4%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in fields of qualifications of the total workforce in NSROC Region between 2016 and 2021 were:

  • Management and Commerce (+8,465.00 local workers)
  • Information Technology (+5,834.00 local workers)
  • Health (+5,322.00 local workers)
  • Society and Culture (+3,845.00 local workers)

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