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 (Wholesale Trade) 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%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2011 - 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences220.71.4170.41.2+5
Information Technology300.91.9300.81.7--
Engineering and Related Technologies57817.916.360115.314.3-23
Architecture and Building631.92.3571.52.1+6
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies1915.91.92205.61.8-29
Health391.22.4481.21.9-9
Education190.61.1140.41.0+5
Management and Commerce42113.017.23298.413.2+92
Society and Culture762.43.0441.12.3+32
Creative Arts230.71.9200.51.5+3
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services993.13.21393.53.6-40
Mixed Field Programmes50.20.1000.1+5
Not stated or inadequately described812.52.11203.12.9-39
No qualification1,58649.145.12,29058.352.4-704
Total Persons3,233100.0100.03,929100.0100.0-696

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 (Wholesale Trade) were qualified in were:

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (578 people or 17.9%)
  • Management and Commerce (421 people or 13.0%)
  • Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (191 people or 5.9%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 1,190 people in total or 36.8% of the resident workers (Wholesale Trade).

In comparison, Queensland employed 16.3% in Engineering and Related Technologies; 17.2% in Management and Commerce and 1.9% in Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies.

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

  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Wholesale Trade) qualified in Management and Commerce (13.0% compared to 17.2%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Wholesale Trade) qualified in Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (5.9% compared to 1.9%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Wholesale Trade) qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies (17.9% compared to 16.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Wholesale Trade) qualified in Creative Arts (0.7% compared to 1.9%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (Wholesale Trade) in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region decreased by 696 between 2011 and 2016.

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

  • Management and Commerce (+92 resident workers)
  • Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (-40 resident workers)
  • Not stated or inadequately described (-39 resident workers)
  • Society and Culture (+32 resident workers)

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