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 Penrith City'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 Penrith City or within commuting distance, and their qualification requirements;
- The availability of educational institutions with those curricula nearby;
- The socio-economic status of Penrith City, and;
- The mobility of the population to move where particular skills are required.
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 and 2016 – by usual residence
|Resident workers field of qualification|
|Penrith City - Persons||2016||2011||Change|
|Field of qualification (Click rows to view sub-categories)||Number||%||New South Wales||Number||%||New South Wales||2011 - 2016|
|Natural and Physical Sciences||1,133||1.2||2.1||888||1.0||2.0||+245|
|Engineering and Related Technologies||11,108||11.7||10.4||10,726||12.3||10.8||+382|
|Architecture and Building||4,360||4.6||4.4||3,649||4.2||4.1||+711|
|Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies||1,016||1.1||1.5||846||1.0||1.5||+170|
|Management and Commerce||13,038||13.7||17.1||10,809||12.4||15.5||+2,229|
|Society and Culture||6,968||7.3||8.8||4,924||5.6||7.6||+2,044|
|Food, Hospitality and Personal Services||3,322||3.5||3.3||2,697||3.1||3.2||+625|
|Mixed Field Programmes||87||0.1||0.1||51||0.1||0.1||+36|
|Not stated or inadequately described||2,405||2.5||2.7||3,229||3.7||3.5||-824|
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Analysis of the field of qualifications in Penrith City shows that the three largest fields the resident workers (All industries) were qualified in were:
- Management and Commerce (13,038 people or 13.7%)
- Engineering and Related Technologies (11,108 people or 11.7%)
- Society and Culture (6,968 people or 7.3%)
In combination these three fields accounted for 31,114 people in total or 32.8% of the resident workers (All industries).
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 field of qualifications held by the resident workers () of Penrith City and New South Wales were:
- A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Management and Commerce (13.7% compared to 17.1%)
- A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Health (5.2% compared to 7.1%)
- A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Society and Culture (7.3% compared to 8.8%)
- A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Creative Arts (1.7% compared to 3.1%)
The number of resident workers (All industries) in Penrith City increased by 7,619 between 2011 and 2016.
The largest change in the field of qualifications held by the resident workers (All industries) between 2011 and 2016 in Penrith City was for those qualified in:
- Management and Commerce (+2,229 resident workers)
- Society and Culture (+2,044 resident workers)
- Health (+1,025 resident workers)
- Education (+896 resident workers)