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 (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing) qualified in Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies 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%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2011 - 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences1110.81.2820.60.9+29
Information Technology580.40.5300.20.3+28
Engineering and Related Technologies1,0818.110.38226.28.6+259
Architecture and Building2441.82.31881.41.9+56
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies1,76313.29.21,56011.78.4+203
Health4053.02.43612.72.2+44
Education3342.52.23212.42.1+13
Management and Commerce9086.86.87155.45.0+193
Society and Culture3142.32.82171.61.9+97
Creative Arts690.50.9420.30.6+27
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services2511.92.21981.51.7+53
Mixed Field Programmes170.10.230.00.1+14
Not stated or inadequately described3542.62.84023.03.5-48
No qualification7,49255.956.28,41663.062.8-924
Total Persons13,401100.0100.013,357100.0100.0+44

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 (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing) were qualified in were:

  • Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (1,763 people or 13.2%)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (1,081 people or 8.1%)
  • Management and Commerce (908 people or 6.8%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 3,752 people in total or 28.0% of the resident workers (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing).

In comparison, Queensland employed 9.2% in Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies; 10.3% in Engineering and Related Technologies and 6.8% in Management and Commerce.

The major differences between the field of qualifications held by the resident workers (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing) of the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing) qualified in Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (13.2% compared to 9.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing) qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies (8.1% compared to 10.3%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing) qualified in Health (3.0% compared to 2.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing) qualified in Society and Culture (2.3% compared to 2.8%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing) in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region increased by 44 between 2011 and 2016.

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

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (+259 resident workers)
  • Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (+203 resident workers)
  • Management and Commerce (+193 resident workers)
  • Society and Culture (+97 resident workers)

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