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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers (Public Administration and Safety) 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 Sciences1692.32.41692.32.30
Information Technology981.32.8771.02.7+21
Engineering and Related Technologies1,08214.610.71,04314.19.8+39
Architecture and Building2964.03.52623.53.3+34
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies3224.32.73434.62.7-21
Health3634.94.62213.02.9+142
Education2533.42.61862.52.4+67
Management and Commerce1,20616.218.51,04514.117.6+161
Society and Culture1,00013.518.591312.316.7+87
Creative Arts931.32.0901.21.8+3
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services1061.41.7951.31.7+11
Mixed Field Programmes30.00.130.00.00
Not stated or inadequately described2873.93.22984.03.5-11
No qualification2,15229.026.62,65135.832.3-499

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 - Public Administration and Safety  : 2.4% Information Technology, Queensland - Public Administration and Safety  : 2.8% Engineering and Related Technologies, Queensland - Public Administration and Safety  : 10.7% Architecture and Building, Queensland - Public Administration and Safety  : 3.5% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Queensland - Public Administration and Safety  : 2.7% Health, Queensland - Public Administration and Safety  : 4.6% Education, Queensland - Public Administration and Safety  : 2.6% Management and Commerce, Queensland - Public Administration and Safety  : 18.5% Society and Culture, Queensland - Public Administration and Safety  : 18.5% Creative Arts, Queensland - Public Administration and Safety  : 2.0% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Queensland - Public Administration and Safety  : 1.7% Mixed Field Programmes, Queensland - Public Administration and Safety  : 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, Queensland - Public Administration and Safety  : 3.2% No qualification, Queensland - Public Administration and Safety  : 26.6% Natural and Physical Sciences, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Public Administration and Safety: 2.3% Information Technology, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Public Administration and Safety: 1.3% Engineering and Related Technologies, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Public Administration and Safety: 14.6% Architecture and Building, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Public Administration and Safety: 4.0% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Public Administration and Safety: 4.3% Health, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Public Administration and Safety: 4.9% Education, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Public Administration and Safety: 3.4% Management and Commerce, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Public Administration and Safety: 16.2% Society and Culture, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Public Administration and Safety: 13.5% Creative Arts, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Public Administration and Safety: 1.3% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Public Administration and Safety: 1.4% Mixed Field Programmes, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Public Administration and Safety: 0.0% Not stated or inadequately described, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Public Administration and Safety: 3.9% No qualification, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Public Administration and Safety: 29.0%
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 - Public Administration and Safety: 0 Information Technology, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Public Administration and Safety: +21 Engineering and Related Technologies, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Public Administration and Safety: +39 Architecture and Building, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Public Administration and Safety: +34 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Public Administration and Safety: -21 Health, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Public Administration and Safety: +142 Education, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Public Administration and Safety: +67 Management and Commerce, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Public Administration and Safety: +161 Society and Culture, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Public Administration and Safety: +87 Creative Arts, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Public Administration and Safety: +3 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Public Administration and Safety: +11 Mixed Field Programmes, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Public Administration and Safety: 0 Not stated or inadequately described, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Public Administration and Safety: -11 No qualification, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Public Administration and Safety: -499
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 (Public Administration and Safety) were qualified in were:

  • Management and Commerce (1,206 people or 16.2%)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (1,082 people or 14.6%)
  • Society and Culture (1,000 people or 13.5%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 3,288 people in total or 44.2% of the resident workers (Public Administration and Safety).

In comparison, Queensland employed 18.5% in Management and Commerce; 10.7% in Engineering and Related Technologies; and 18.5% in Society and Culture.

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

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Public Administration and Safety) qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies (14.6% compared to 10.7%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Public Administration and Safety) qualified in Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (4.3% compared to 2.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Public Administration and Safety) qualified in Society and Culture (13.5% compared to 18.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Public Administration and Safety) qualified in Management and Commerce (16.2% compared to 18.5%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (Public Administration and Safety) in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region increased by 34 between 2011 and 2016.

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

  • Management and Commerce (+161 people)
  • Health (+142 people)
  • Society and Culture (+87 people)
  • Education (+67 people)

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