RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers (All industries) 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 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 Darling Downs and South West Region - Persons 20162011Change
Field of qualification (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. Arts and Recreation ServicesNumber%. Arts and Recreation Services2011 - 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences1,2441.11.91,1021.00.7+142
Information Technology1,0050.91.08780.80.3+127
Engineering and Related Technologies13,77111.84.012,35310.75.4+1,418
Architecture and Building4,7984.11.24,3663.80.7+432
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies4,0963.57.03,8043.37.1+292
Health8,7687.52.17,4796.51.9+1,289
Education7,6036.53.16,8335.93.9+770
Management and Commerce12,45210.79.510,2538.98.9+2,199
Society and Culture7,5496.514.26,0045.210.5+1,545
Creative Arts1,3671.23.91,2361.13.9+131
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services4,4883.94.13,8733.31.6+615
Mixed Field Programmes1310.10660.10.3+65
Not stated or inadequately described3,2562.82.33,8813.43.9-625
No qualification45,96839.545.753,57346.351.0-7,605
Total Persons116,496100.0100.0115,701100.0100.0+795

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 the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region shows that the three largest fields the resident workers (All industries) 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 (All industries).

In comparison, the Arts and Recreation Services workforce in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region employed 4.0% in Engineering and Related Technologies; 9.5% in Management and Commerce and 2.1% 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 the Arts and Recreation Services workforce were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies (11.8% compared to 4.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Society and Culture (6.5% compared to 14.2%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Health (7.5% compared to 2.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (3.5% compared to 7.0%)

Emerging groups

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

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

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

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