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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers (Manufacturing) 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%Information Media and Telecommunications%Number%Information Media and Telecommunications%2011 to 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences650.90.0820.90.6-17
Information Technology430.61.8620.70.7-19
Engineering and Related Technologies1,98227.015.62,26224.014.2-280
Architecture and Building2223.00.02873.00.3-65
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies1572.11.31932.00.3-36
Health851.21.0830.90.8+2
Education701.02.4700.72.20
Management and Commerce5577.612.95676.010.7-10
Society and Culture1702.35.01341.43.1+36
Creative Arts620.813.1770.811.7-15
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services3054.21.72943.11.6+11
Mixed Field Programmes130.20.040.00.0+9
Not stated or inadequately described2253.12.03613.82.9-136
No qualification3,39146.243.14,95052.551.0-1,559

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, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Information Media and Telecommunications : 0.0% Information Technology, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Information Media and Telecommunications : 1.8% Engineering and Related Technologies, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Information Media and Telecommunications : 15.6% Architecture and Building, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Information Media and Telecommunications : 0.0% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Information Media and Telecommunications : 1.3% Health, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Information Media and Telecommunications : 1.0% Education, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Information Media and Telecommunications : 2.4% Management and Commerce, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Information Media and Telecommunications : 12.9% Society and Culture, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Information Media and Telecommunications : 5.0% Creative Arts, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Information Media and Telecommunications : 13.1% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Information Media and Telecommunications : 1.7% Mixed Field Programmes, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Information Media and Telecommunications : 0.0% Not stated or inadequately described, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Information Media and Telecommunications : 2.0% No qualification, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Information Media and Telecommunications : 43.1% Natural and Physical Sciences, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Manufacturing: 0.9% Information Technology, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Manufacturing: 0.6% Engineering and Related Technologies, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Manufacturing: 27.0% Architecture and Building, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Manufacturing: 3.0% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Manufacturing: 2.1% Health, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Manufacturing: 1.2% Education, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Manufacturing: 1.0% Management and Commerce, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Manufacturing: 7.6% Society and Culture, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Manufacturing: 2.3% Creative Arts, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Manufacturing: 0.8% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Manufacturing: 4.2% Mixed Field Programmes, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Manufacturing: 0.2% Not stated or inadequately described, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Manufacturing: 3.1% No qualification, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Manufacturing: 46.2%
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 - Manufacturing: -17 Information Technology, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Manufacturing: -19 Engineering and Related Technologies, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Manufacturing: -280 Architecture and Building, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Manufacturing: -65 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Manufacturing: -36 Health, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Manufacturing: +2 Education, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Manufacturing: 0 Management and Commerce, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Manufacturing: -10 Society and Culture, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Manufacturing: +36 Creative Arts, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Manufacturing: -15 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Manufacturing: +11 Mixed Field Programmes, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Manufacturing: +9 Not stated or inadequately described, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Manufacturing: -136 No qualification, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Manufacturing: -1,559
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 (Manufacturing) were qualified in were:

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (1,982 people or 27.0%)
  • Management and Commerce (557 people or 7.6%)
  • Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (305 people or 4.2%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 2,844 people in total or 38.7% of the resident workers (Manufacturing).

In comparison, Information Media and Telecommunications employed 15.6% in Engineering and Related Technologies; 12.9% in Management and Commerce; and 1.7% in Food, Hospitality and Personal Services.

The major differences between the field of qualifications held by the resident workers (Manufacturing) of the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region and Information Media and Telecommunications were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Manufacturing) qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies (27.0% compared to 15.6%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Manufacturing) qualified in Architecture and Building (3.0% compared to 0.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Manufacturing) qualified in Creative Arts (0.8% compared to 13.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Manufacturing) qualified in Management and Commerce (7.6% compared to 12.9%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (Manufacturing) in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region decreased by 2,079 between 2011 and 2016.

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

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (-280 people)
  • Architecture and Building (-65 people)

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