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 (Financial and Insurance Services) 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 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 Sciences190.81.3240.91.2-5
Information Technology512.23.6451.82.8+6
Engineering and Related Technologies482.02.9381.52.4+10
Architecture and Building70.30.9120.50.7-5
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies472.00.5542.10.5-7
Health371.61.9491.91.6-12
Education301.31.6371.51.4-7
Management and Commerce1,06045.144.791136.039.8+149
Society and Culture1064.56.71044.15.7+2
Creative Arts311.31.8251.01.4+6
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services652.82.1632.52.1+2
Mixed Field Programmes000.0000.1--
Not stated or inadequately described512.21.6361.42.0+15
No qualification80034.030.41,13644.838.3-336
Total Persons2,352100.0100.02,534100.0100.0-182

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 (Financial and Insurance Services) were qualified in were:

  • Management and Commerce (1,060 people or 45.1%)
  • Society and Culture (106 people or 4.5%)
  • Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (65 people or 2.8%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 1,231 people in total or 52.3% of the resident workers (Financial and Insurance Services).

In comparison, Queensland employed 44.7% in Management and Commerce; 6.7% in Society and Culture and 2.1% in Food, Hospitality and Personal Services.

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

  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Financial and Insurance Services) qualified in Society and Culture (4.5% compared to 6.7%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Financial and Insurance Services) qualified in Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (2.0% compared to 0.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Financial and Insurance Services) qualified in Information Technology (2.2% compared to 3.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Financial and Insurance Services) qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies (2.0% compared to 2.9%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (Financial and Insurance Services) in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region decreased by 182 between 2011 and 2016.

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

  • Management and Commerce (+149 resident workers)
  • Not stated or inadequately described (+15 resident workers)
  • Health (-12 resident workers)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (+10 resident workers)

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