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Local workers - Field of qualification - All industries

Within Penrith City, 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 Penrith City;
  • 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 Penrith City.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2006 and 2011 – by place of work

Please note: Currently only 2016 data are available for work destination. 2011 data are not comparable due to a change in methodology in 2016 which “imputed” a work destination to those workers who didn’t state their work destination. This means comparisons with earlier years should not be made. .id are currently sourcing data collected under the same methodology in 2011 which will be added to this page at a later date. For a detailed case study of this issue please visit our blog post.

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Local workers field of qualification - Summary
Penrith City - All industries2016
Field of qualification
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Number%New South Wales %
Natural and Physical Sciences1,0121.52.1
Information Technology9191.33.0
Engineering and Related Technologies7,37110.710.4
Architecture and Building2,5503.74.4
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies7241.11.5
Health5,6848.37.1
Education4,4856.55.4
Management and Commerce8,43112.317.1
Society and Culture5,5218.08.8
Creative Arts1,2061.83.1
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services2,3283.43.3
Mixed Field Programmes650.10.1
Not stated or inadequately described1,7852.62.7
No qualification26,52138.731.1

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, Penrith City: 1.5% Information Technology, Penrith City: 1.3% Engineering and Related Technologies, Penrith City: 10.7% Architecture and Building, Penrith City: 3.7% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Penrith City: 1.1% Health, Penrith City: 8.3% Education, Penrith City: 6.5% Management and Commerce, Penrith City: 12.3% Society and Culture, Penrith City: 8.0% Creative Arts, Penrith City: 1.8% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Penrith City: 3.4% Mixed Field Programmes, Penrith City: 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, Penrith City: 2.6% No qualification, Penrith City: 38.7%
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, Penrith City - All industries: +1,012 Information Technology, Penrith City - All industries: +919 Engineering and Related Technologies, Penrith City - All industries: +7,371 Architecture and Building, Penrith City - All industries: +2,550 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Penrith City - All industries: +724 Health, Penrith City - All industries: +5,684 Education, Penrith City - All industries: +4,485 Management and Commerce, Penrith City - All industries: +8,431 Society and Culture, Penrith City - All industries: +5,521 Creative Arts, Penrith City - All industries: +1,206 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Penrith City - All industries: +2,328 Mixed Field Programmes, Penrith City - All industries: +65 Not stated or inadequately described, Penrith City - All industries: +1,785 No qualification, Penrith City - All industries: +26,521
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 (8,431 people or 12.3%)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (7,371 people or 10.7%)
  • Health (5,684 people or 8.3%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 21,486 people in total or 31.3% of the .

In comparison, New South Wales employed 17.1% in Management and Commerce; 10.4% in Engineering and Related Technologies; and 7.1% in Health.

The major differences between the fields of qualifications of the in Penrith City and New South Wales were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Education (6.5% compared to 5.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Management and Commerce (12.3% compared to 17.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Information Technology (1.3% compared to 3.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Creative Arts (1.8% compared to 3.1%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in fields of qualifications of the in Penrith City between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Management and Commerce (+8,431 local workers)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (+7,371 local workers)
  • Health (+5,684 local workers)
  • Society and Culture (+5,521 local workers)

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