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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies in the RDA Darling Downs and South West 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 the RDA Darling Downs and South West 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 the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region or within commuting distance, and their qualification requirements;
  • The availability of educational institutions with those curricula nearby;
  • The socio-economic status of the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region, 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
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region 20162011Change
Field of qualification
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Number%Queensland%Number%Queensland%2011 to 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences1,2441.11.71,1021.01.5+142
Information Technology1,0050.91.88780.81.6+127
Engineering and Related Technologies13,77111.811.612,35310.711.6+1,418
Architecture and Building4,7984.14.84,3663.84.6+432
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies4,0963.51.53,8043.31.4+292
Health8,7687.57.77,4796.56.5+1,289
Education7,6036.55.66,8335.95.0+770
Management and Commerce12,45210.713.510,2538.911.7+2,199
Society and Culture7,5496.57.96,0045.26.6+1,545
Creative Arts1,3671.22.21,2361.11.9+131
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services4,4883.94.03,8733.33.7+615
Mixed Field Programmes1310.10.1660.10.1+65
Not stated or inadequately described3,2562.82.63,8813.43.3-625
No qualification45,96839.535.053,57346.340.6-7,605

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, Queensland : 1.7% Information Technology, Queensland : 1.8% Engineering and Related Technologies, Queensland : 11.6% Architecture and Building, Queensland : 4.8% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Queensland : 1.5% Health, Queensland : 7.7% Education, Queensland : 5.6% Management and Commerce, Queensland : 13.5% Society and Culture, Queensland : 7.9% Creative Arts, Queensland : 2.2% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Queensland : 4.0% Mixed Field Programmes, Queensland : 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, Queensland : 2.6% No qualification, Queensland : 35.0% Natural and Physical Sciences, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: 1.1% Information Technology, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: 0.9% Engineering and Related Technologies, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: 11.8% Architecture and Building, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: 4.1% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: 3.5% Health, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: 7.5% Education, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: 6.5% Management and Commerce, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: 10.7% Society and Culture, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: 6.5% Creative Arts, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: 1.2% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: 3.9% Mixed Field Programmes, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: 2.8% No qualification, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: 39.5%
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, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +142 Information Technology, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +127 Engineering and Related Technologies, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +1,418 Architecture and Building, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +432 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +292 Health, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +1,289 Education, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +770 Management and Commerce, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +2,199 Society and Culture, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +1,545 Creative Arts, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +131 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +615 Mixed Field Programmes, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +65 Not stated or inadequately described, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: -625 No qualification, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: -7,605
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 RDA Darling Downs and South West Region shows that the three largest fields the resident workers were qualified in were:

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (13,771 people or 11.8%)
  • Management and Commerce (12,452 people or 10.7%)
  • Health (8,768 people or 7.5%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 34,991 people in total or 30.0% of the resident workers .

In comparison, Queensland employed 11.6% in Engineering and Related Technologies; 13.5% in Management and Commerce; and 7.7% in Health.

The major differences between the field of qualifications held by the resident workers of the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers qualified in Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (3.5% compared to 1.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers qualified in Management and Commerce (10.7% compared to 13.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers qualified in Society and Culture (6.5% compared to 7.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers qualified in Creative Arts (1.2% compared to 2.2%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region increased by 795 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest changes in the field of qualifications held by the resident workers between 2011 and 2016 in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region were for those qualified in:

  • Management and Commerce (+2,199 people)
  • Society and Culture (+1,545 people)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (+1,418 people)
  • Health (+1,289 people)

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