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Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers (Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services) 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 Sciences241.52.1161.11.6+8
Information Technology130.82.190.62.1+4
Engineering and Related Technologies75147.337.462443.036.1+127
Architecture and Building865.44.4523.63.7+34
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies281.81.8302.11.7-2
Health140.91.6171.21.1-3
Education110.71.090.60.8+2
Management and Commerce1509.516.217211.815.3-22
Society and Culture301.92.7110.82.7+19
Creative Arts130.81.070.51.0+6
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services181.11.4281.91.3-10
Mixed Field Programmes00.00.100.00.00
Not stated or inadequately described462.92.3342.32.7+12
No qualification40325.426.144330.529.9-40

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 - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services  : 2.1% Information Technology, Queensland - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services  : 2.1% Engineering and Related Technologies, Queensland - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services  : 37.4% Architecture and Building, Queensland - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services  : 4.4% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Queensland - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services  : 1.8% Health, Queensland - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services  : 1.6% Education, Queensland - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services  : 1.0% Management and Commerce, Queensland - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services  : 16.2% Society and Culture, Queensland - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services  : 2.7% Creative Arts, Queensland - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services  : 1.0% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Queensland - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services  : 1.4% Mixed Field Programmes, Queensland - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services  : 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, Queensland - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services  : 2.3% No qualification, Queensland - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services  : 26.1% Natural and Physical Sciences, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 1.5% Information Technology, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 0.8% Engineering and Related Technologies, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 47.3% Architecture and Building, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 5.4% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 1.8% Health, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 0.9% Education, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 0.7% Management and Commerce, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 9.5% Society and Culture, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 1.9% Creative Arts, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 0.8% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 1.1% Mixed Field Programmes, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 0.0% Not stated or inadequately described, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 2.9% No qualification, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 25.4%
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 - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: +8 Information Technology, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: +4 Engineering and Related Technologies, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: +127 Architecture and Building, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: +34 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: -2 Health, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: -3 Education, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: +2 Management and Commerce, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: -22 Society and Culture, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: +19 Creative Arts, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: +6 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: -10 Mixed Field Programmes, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 0 Not stated or inadequately described, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: +12 No qualification, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: -40
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 (Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services) were qualified in were:

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (751 people or 47.3%)
  • Management and Commerce (150 people or 9.5%)
  • Architecture and Building (86 people or 5.4%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 987 people in total or 62.2% of the resident workers (Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services).

In comparison, Queensland employed 37.4% in Engineering and Related Technologies; 16.2% in Management and Commerce; and 4.4% in Architecture and Building.

The major differences between the field of qualifications held by the resident workers (Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services) of the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services) qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies (47.3% compared to 37.4%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services) qualified in Architecture and Building (5.4% compared to 4.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services) qualified in Management and Commerce (9.5% compared to 16.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services) qualified in Information Technology (0.8% compared to 2.1%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services) in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region increased by 135 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest change in the field of qualifications held by the resident workers (Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services) between 2011 and 2016 in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region was for those qualified in:

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (+127 people)

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