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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers (Retail Trade) qualified in Management and Commerce 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 Sciences430.40.0460.40.6-3
Information Technology1010.91.81020.80.7-1
Engineering and Related Technologies7817.015.67906.314.2-9
Architecture and Building1151.00.01241.00.3-9
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies1621.51.31631.30.3-1
Health3543.21.03432.70.8+11
Education1521.42.41781.42.2-26
Management and Commerce1,35412.212.91,1979.610.7+157
Society and Culture3533.25.02762.23.1+77
Creative Arts1611.413.11801.411.7-19
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services6706.01.76144.91.6+56
Mixed Field Programmes110.10.060.00.0+5
Not stated or inadequately described2622.42.03692.92.9-107
No qualification6,59159.343.18,14265.051.0-1,551

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 - Retail Trade: 0.4% Information Technology, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Retail Trade: 0.9% Engineering and Related Technologies, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Retail Trade: 7.0% Architecture and Building, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Retail Trade: 1.0% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Retail Trade: 1.5% Health, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Retail Trade: 3.2% Education, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Retail Trade: 1.4% Management and Commerce, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Retail Trade: 12.2% Society and Culture, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Retail Trade: 3.2% Creative Arts, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Retail Trade: 1.4% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Retail Trade: 6.0% Mixed Field Programmes, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Retail Trade: 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Retail Trade: 2.4% No qualification, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Retail Trade: 59.3%
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 - Retail Trade: -3 Information Technology, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Retail Trade: -1 Engineering and Related Technologies, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Retail Trade: -9 Architecture and Building, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Retail Trade: -9 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Retail Trade: -1 Health, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Retail Trade: +11 Education, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Retail Trade: -26 Management and Commerce, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Retail Trade: +157 Society and Culture, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Retail Trade: +77 Creative Arts, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Retail Trade: -19 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Retail Trade: +56 Mixed Field Programmes, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Retail Trade: +5 Not stated or inadequately described, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Retail Trade: -107 No qualification, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Retail Trade: -1,551
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 (Retail Trade) were qualified in were:

  • Management and Commerce (1,354 people or 12.2%)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (781 people or 7.0%)
  • Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (670 people or 6.0%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 2,805 people in total or 25.2% of the resident workers (Retail Trade).

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

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

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Retail Trade) qualified in Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (6.0% compared to 1.7%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Retail Trade) qualified in Health (3.2% compared to 1.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Retail Trade) qualified in Creative Arts (1.4% compared to 13.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Retail Trade) qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies (7.0% compared to 15.6%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (Retail Trade) in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region decreased by 1,420 between 2011 and 2016.

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

  • Management and Commerce (+157 people)
  • Society and Culture (+77 people)
  • Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (+56 people)

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