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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers (Administrative and Support 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 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 Sciences200.81.0110.50.9+9
Information Technology220.81.7180.81.4+4
Engineering and Related Technologies1826.87.51295.87.0+53
Architecture and Building501.92.4341.52.3+16
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies1465.53.51094.93.4+37
Health1154.33.5743.33.0+41
Education662.52.1482.21.8+18
Management and Commerce35313.318.928012.617.2+73
Society and Culture1435.47.0974.45.6+46
Creative Arts240.92.3190.92.1+5
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services1204.53.9884.03.6+32
Mixed Field Programmes70.30.200.00.1+7
Not stated or inadequately described712.72.7582.63.5+13
No qualification1,34050.443.41,26156.648.2+79

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 - Administrative and Support Services  : 1.0% Information Technology, Queensland - Administrative and Support Services  : 1.7% Engineering and Related Technologies, Queensland - Administrative and Support Services  : 7.5% Architecture and Building, Queensland - Administrative and Support Services  : 2.4% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Queensland - Administrative and Support Services  : 3.5% Health, Queensland - Administrative and Support Services  : 3.5% Education, Queensland - Administrative and Support Services  : 2.1% Management and Commerce, Queensland - Administrative and Support Services  : 18.9% Society and Culture, Queensland - Administrative and Support Services  : 7.0% Creative Arts, Queensland - Administrative and Support Services  : 2.3% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Queensland - Administrative and Support Services  : 3.9% Mixed Field Programmes, Queensland - Administrative and Support Services  : 0.2% Not stated or inadequately described, Queensland - Administrative and Support Services  : 2.7% No qualification, Queensland - Administrative and Support Services  : 43.4% Natural and Physical Sciences, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Administrative and Support Services: 0.8% Information Technology, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Administrative and Support Services: 0.8% Engineering and Related Technologies, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Administrative and Support Services: 6.8% Architecture and Building, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Administrative and Support Services: 1.9% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Administrative and Support Services: 5.5% Health, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Administrative and Support Services: 4.3% Education, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Administrative and Support Services: 2.5% Management and Commerce, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Administrative and Support Services: 13.3% Society and Culture, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Administrative and Support Services: 5.4% Creative Arts, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Administrative and Support Services: 0.9% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Administrative and Support Services: 4.5% Mixed Field Programmes, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Administrative and Support Services: 0.3% Not stated or inadequately described, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Administrative and Support Services: 2.7% No qualification, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Administrative and Support Services: 50.4%
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 - Administrative and Support Services: +9 Information Technology, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Administrative and Support Services: +4 Engineering and Related Technologies, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Administrative and Support Services: +53 Architecture and Building, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Administrative and Support Services: +16 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Administrative and Support Services: +37 Health, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Administrative and Support Services: +41 Education, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Administrative and Support Services: +18 Management and Commerce, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Administrative and Support Services: +73 Society and Culture, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Administrative and Support Services: +46 Creative Arts, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Administrative and Support Services: +5 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Administrative and Support Services: +32 Mixed Field Programmes, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Administrative and Support Services: +7 Not stated or inadequately described, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Administrative and Support Services: +13 No qualification, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Administrative and Support Services: +79
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 (Administrative and Support Services) were qualified in were:

  • Management and Commerce (353 people or 13.3%)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (182 people or 6.8%)
  • Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (146 people or 5.5%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 681 people in total or 25.6% of the resident workers (Administrative and Support Services).

In comparison, Queensland employed 18.9% in Management and Commerce; 7.5% in Engineering and Related Technologies; and 3.5% in Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies.

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

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Administrative and Support Services) qualified in Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (5.5% compared to 3.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Administrative and Support Services) qualified in Management and Commerce (13.3% compared to 18.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Administrative and Support Services) qualified in Society and Culture (5.4% compared to 7.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Administrative and Support Services) qualified in Creative Arts (0.9% compared to 2.3%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (Administrative and Support Services) in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region increased by 433 between 2011 and 2016.

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

  • Management and Commerce (+73 people)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (+53 people)

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