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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers (Transport, Postal and Warehousing) 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 Sciences80.20.8140.30.7-6
Information Technology230.51.5250.51.4-2
Engineering and Related Technologies88417.418.780414.517.5+80
Architecture and Building1022.02.51041.92.4-2
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies1412.81.21112.01.1+30
Health671.31.6510.91.1+16
Education731.41.5510.91.1+22
Management and Commerce4328.513.83596.510.8+73
Society and Culture1162.33.6771.42.7+39
Creative Arts280.61.2100.20.9+18
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services1212.43.11122.02.9+9
Mixed Field Programmes60.10.1100.20.1-4
Not stated or inadequately described1913.83.42624.74.3-71
No qualification2,88156.847.03,55164.153.0-670

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 - Transport, Postal and Warehousing  : 0.8% Information Technology, Queensland - Transport, Postal and Warehousing  : 1.5% Engineering and Related Technologies, Queensland - Transport, Postal and Warehousing  : 18.7% Architecture and Building, Queensland - Transport, Postal and Warehousing  : 2.5% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Queensland - Transport, Postal and Warehousing  : 1.2% Health, Queensland - Transport, Postal and Warehousing  : 1.6% Education, Queensland - Transport, Postal and Warehousing  : 1.5% Management and Commerce, Queensland - Transport, Postal and Warehousing  : 13.8% Society and Culture, Queensland - Transport, Postal and Warehousing  : 3.6% Creative Arts, Queensland - Transport, Postal and Warehousing  : 1.2% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Queensland - Transport, Postal and Warehousing  : 3.1% Mixed Field Programmes, Queensland - Transport, Postal and Warehousing  : 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, Queensland - Transport, Postal and Warehousing  : 3.4% No qualification, Queensland - Transport, Postal and Warehousing  : 47.0% Natural and Physical Sciences, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Transport, Postal and Warehousing: 0.2% Information Technology, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Transport, Postal and Warehousing: 0.5% Engineering and Related Technologies, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Transport, Postal and Warehousing: 17.4% Architecture and Building, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Transport, Postal and Warehousing: 2.0% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Transport, Postal and Warehousing: 2.8% Health, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Transport, Postal and Warehousing: 1.3% Education, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Transport, Postal and Warehousing: 1.4% Management and Commerce, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Transport, Postal and Warehousing: 8.5% Society and Culture, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Transport, Postal and Warehousing: 2.3% Creative Arts, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Transport, Postal and Warehousing: 0.6% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Transport, Postal and Warehousing: 2.4% Mixed Field Programmes, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Transport, Postal and Warehousing: 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Transport, Postal and Warehousing: 3.8% No qualification, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Transport, Postal and Warehousing: 56.8%
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 - Transport, Postal and Warehousing: -6 Information Technology, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Transport, Postal and Warehousing: -2 Engineering and Related Technologies, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Transport, Postal and Warehousing: +80 Architecture and Building, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Transport, Postal and Warehousing: -2 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Transport, Postal and Warehousing: +30 Health, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Transport, Postal and Warehousing: +16 Education, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Transport, Postal and Warehousing: +22 Management and Commerce, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Transport, Postal and Warehousing: +73 Society and Culture, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Transport, Postal and Warehousing: +39 Creative Arts, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Transport, Postal and Warehousing: +18 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Transport, Postal and Warehousing: +9 Mixed Field Programmes, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Transport, Postal and Warehousing: -4 Not stated or inadequately described, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Transport, Postal and Warehousing: -71 No qualification, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Transport, Postal and Warehousing: -670
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 (Transport, Postal and Warehousing) were qualified in were:

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (884 people or 17.4%)
  • Management and Commerce (432 people or 8.5%)
  • Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (141 people or 2.8%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 1,457 people in total or 28.7% of the resident workers (Transport, Postal and Warehousing).

In comparison, Queensland employed 18.7% in Engineering and Related Technologies; 13.8% in Management and Commerce; and 1.2% in Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies.

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

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Transport, Postal and Warehousing) qualified in Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (2.8% compared to 1.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Transport, Postal and Warehousing) qualified in Management and Commerce (8.5% compared to 13.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Transport, Postal and Warehousing) qualified in Society and Culture (2.3% compared to 3.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Transport, Postal and Warehousing) qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies (17.4% compared to 18.7%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (Transport, Postal and Warehousing) in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region decreased by 468 between 2011 and 2016.

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

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (+80 people)
  • Management and Commerce (+73 people)

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