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Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies in the Town of Port Hedland than in any other field.

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 Town of Port Hedland'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 Town of Port Hedland or within commuting distance, and their qualification requirements;
  • The availability of educational institutions with those curricula nearby;
  • The socio-economic status of the Town of Port Hedland, and;
  • The mobility of the population to move where particular skills are required.

Field of qualifications should be looked at in conjunction with Qualification and Occupation statistics for a clearer picture of the skills available in the resident worker population.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 and 2016 – by usual residence

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Resident workers field of qualification
Town of Port Hedland 20162011Change
Field of qualification
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Number%Western Australia%Number%Western Australia%2011 to 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences691.02.5771.02.3-8
Information Technology510.71.8480.61.6+3
Engineering and Related Technologies1,81425.714.11,84524.413.8-31
Architecture and Building3034.34.33404.54.1-37
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies781.11.6961.31.5-18
Health4236.07.54055.46.3+18
Education3515.05.82913.85.2+60
Management and Commerce71510.113.07479.911.4-32
Society and Culture3685.27.32873.86.2+81
Creative Arts640.92.1761.01.9-12
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services2113.03.72503.33.4-39
Mixed Field Programmes90.10.130.00.1+6
Not stated or inadequately described2763.92.52973.93.2-21
No qualification2,31732.933.72,80137.038.9-484

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Resident workers field of qualifications, 2016
Resident workers field of qualifications, 2016 Natural and Physical Sciences, Western Australia : 2.5% Information Technology, Western Australia : 1.8% Engineering and Related Technologies, Western Australia : 14.1% Architecture and Building, Western Australia : 4.3% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Western Australia : 1.6% Health, Western Australia : 7.5% Education, Western Australia : 5.8% Management and Commerce, Western Australia : 13.0% Society and Culture, Western Australia : 7.3% Creative Arts, Western Australia : 2.1% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Western Australia : 3.7% Mixed Field Programmes, Western Australia : 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, Western Australia : 2.5% No qualification, Western Australia : 33.7% Natural and Physical Sciences, Town of Port Hedland - All industries: 1.0% Information Technology, Town of Port Hedland - All industries: 0.7% Engineering and Related Technologies, Town of Port Hedland - All industries: 25.7% Architecture and Building, Town of Port Hedland - All industries: 4.3% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Town of Port Hedland - All industries: 1.1% Health, Town of Port Hedland - All industries: 6.0% Education, Town of Port Hedland - All industries: 5.0% Management and Commerce, Town of Port Hedland - All industries: 10.1% Society and Culture, Town of Port Hedland - All industries: 5.2% Creative Arts, Town of Port Hedland - All industries: 0.9% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Town of Port Hedland - All industries: 3.0% Mixed Field Programmes, Town of Port Hedland - All industries: 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, Town of Port Hedland - All industries: 3.9% No qualification, Town of Port Hedland - All industries: 32.9%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in resident workers field of qualifications, 2011 to 2016
Change in resident workers field of qualifications, 2011 to 2016 Natural and Physical Sciences, Town of Port Hedland - All industries: -8 Information Technology, Town of Port Hedland - All industries: +3 Engineering and Related Technologies, Town of Port Hedland - All industries: -31 Architecture and Building, Town of Port Hedland - All industries: -37 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Town of Port Hedland - All industries: -18 Health, Town of Port Hedland - All industries: +18 Education, Town of Port Hedland - All industries: +60 Management and Commerce, Town of Port Hedland - All industries: -32 Society and Culture, Town of Port Hedland - All industries: +81 Creative Arts, Town of Port Hedland - All industries: -12 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Town of Port Hedland - All industries: -39 Mixed Field Programmes, Town of Port Hedland - All industries: +6 Not stated or inadequately described, Town of Port Hedland - All industries: -21 No qualification, Town of Port Hedland - All industries: -484
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 field of qualifications in the Town of Port Hedland shows that the three largest fields the resident workers were qualified in were:

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (1,814 people or 25.7%)
  • Management and Commerce (715 people or 10.1%)
  • Health (423 people or 6.0%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 2,952 people in total or 41.9% of the resident workers .

In comparison, Western Australia employed 14.1% in Engineering and Related Technologies; 13.0% in Management and Commerce; and 7.5% in Health.

The major differences between the field of qualifications held by the resident workers of the Town of Port Hedland and Western Australia were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies (25.7% compared to 14.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers qualified in Management and Commerce (10.1% compared to 13.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers qualified in Society and Culture (5.2% compared to 7.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers qualified in Natural and Physical Sciences (1.0% compared to 2.5%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers in the Town of Port Hedland decreased by 514 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest changes in the field of qualifications held by the resident workers between 2011 and 2016 in the Town of Port Hedland were for those qualified in:

  • Society and Culture (+81 people)
  • Education (+60 people)

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