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 (Construction) qualified in Architecture and Building 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 Sciences300.30.4200.20.3+10
Information Technology290.30.5190.20.5+10
Engineering and Related Technologies1,82919.419.71,45115.818.5+378
Architecture and Building2,89730.731.62,72829.829.5+169
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies2142.31.71792.01.5+35
Health1081.11.2790.91.0+29
Education790.80.8660.70.6+13
Management and Commerce5485.86.73804.15.4+168
Society and Culture1221.31.8921.01.4+30
Creative Arts250.30.8420.50.7-17
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services1521.61.61511.61.6+1
Mixed Field Programmes60.10.130.00.0+3
Not stated or inadequately described2412.62.52933.23.3-52
No qualification3,15933.530.83,65839.935.7-499
Total Persons9,439100.0100.09,161100.0100.0+278

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 (Construction) were qualified in were:

  • Architecture and Building (2,897 people or 30.7%)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (1,829 people or 19.4%)
  • Management and Commerce (548 people or 5.8%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 5,274 people in total or 55.9% of the resident workers (Construction).

In comparison, Queensland employed 31.6% in Architecture and Building; 19.7% in Engineering and Related Technologies and 6.7% in Management and Commerce.

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

  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Construction) qualified in Architecture and Building (30.7% compared to 31.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Construction) qualified in Management and Commerce (5.8% compared to 6.7%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Construction) qualified in Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (2.3% compared to 1.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Construction) qualified in Society and Culture (1.3% compared to 1.8%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (Construction) in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region increased by 278 between 2011 and 2016.

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

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (+378 resident workers)
  • Architecture and Building (+169 resident workers)
  • Management and Commerce (+168 resident workers)
  • Not stated or inadequately described (-52 resident workers)

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