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Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers (All industries) qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies in RDA BGLAP Region 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 RDA BGLAP Region'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 RDA BGLAP Region or within commuting distance, and their qualification requirements;
  • The availability of educational institutions with those curricula nearby;
  • The socio-economic status of RDA BGLAP Region, and;
  • The mobility of the population to move where particular skills are required.

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

Data source

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

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Resident workers field of qualification
RDA BGLAP Region - Persons 20162011Change
Field of qualification (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. South AustraliaNumber%. South Australia2011 - 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences6121.92.15041.61.9+108
Information Technology2840.91.82520.81.6+32
Engineering and Related Technologies4,16212.810.93,93612.610.9+226
Architecture and Building1,0763.33.69453.03.3+131
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies9462.91.98192.61.7+127
Health2,2136.88.61,9006.17.5+313
Education1,7715.55.41,4074.54.7+364
Management and Commerce3,40310.512.92,8969.311.4+507
Society and Culture2,4937.78.91,9036.17.4+590
Creative Arts3651.12.03081.01.8+57
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services1,2313.83.61,0683.43.4+163
Mixed Field Programmes350.10.160.00.1+29
Not stated or inadequately described9102.82.59653.13.3-55
No qualification12,92139.935.714,26645.841.0-1,345
Total Persons32,422100.0100.031,175100.0100.0+1,247

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

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Dominant groups

Analysis of the field of qualifications in RDA BGLAP Region shows that the three largest fields the resident workers (All industries) were qualified in were:

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (4,162 people or 12.8%)
  • Management and Commerce (3,403 people or 10.5%)
  • Society and Culture (2,493 people or 7.7%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 10,058 people in total or 31.0% of the resident workers (All industries).

In comparison, South Australia employed 10.9% in Engineering and Related Technologies; 12.9% in Management and Commerce and 8.9% in Society and Culture.

The major differences between the field of qualifications held by the resident workers () of RDA BGLAP Region and South Australia were:

  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Management and Commerce (10.5% compared to 12.9%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies (12.8% compared to 10.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Health (6.8% compared to 8.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Society and Culture (7.7% compared to 8.9%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (All industries) in RDA BGLAP Region increased by 1,247 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest change in the field of qualifications held by the resident workers (All industries) between 2011 and 2016 in RDA BGLAP Region was for those qualified in:

  • Society and Culture (+590 resident workers)
  • Management and Commerce (+507 resident workers)
  • Education (+364 resident workers)
  • Health (+313 resident workers)

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